Since leaving his post as artistic director of Givenchy, and being replaced by Clare Weight Keller, Riccardo Tisci has kept relatively quiet. While rumors about his appointment at Versace continue to swirl, Tisci remains tightlipped about whether there’s any truth to the hearsay. In a new interview with WWD, he has finally hinted at what’s coming next.

At a party in Rome last Friday to celebrate the launch of his latest footwear collaboration with Nike, the aesthete told WWD that he’s still grappling with what to do next, suggesting that Versace might not be the only storied house knocking on his door.

“There are very interesting things on the table now and I’ll take a decision before summer,” he told WWD. Tisci also reflects on his amicable separation with Givenchy, following a 12-year tenure at the luxury French house and the brand’s tribute to his legacy with their FW17 collection. “I was really moved by two things — the incredible demonstration of love I got from the fashion industry and the tribute the Givenchy team made to my career. These two things are extremely important for me,” he said.

Tisci also revealed why he chose to leave Givenchy, alluding to a deeper rooted industry issue, telling WWD that, “I wanted to take a break also because it’s a confusing moment in the industry. I’m getting confirmations from the industry of what I think — a ‘clean up’ moment is fast approaching. I feel a growing desire for classicism. I think we are going to see a rebirth in fashion,” he continued. “I think that what fashion needs now is identity and honesty, which I think got lost in the last years. I think there will be a return to that honest fashion of the Nineties.”

The designer’s candid admissions reveal that he’s one of many recently departed designers who firmly believe that the fashion system has simply spun out of control. Given that the rumor mill has already suggested that he’s signed a contract at Versace, could a move to another fashion house really remedy the problem?

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Words by Kam Dhillon
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