Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci embodies the myths and ideals of American culture in the Maison’s growing denim collection.
By Hassan Al-Saleh
Like so many designers, Givenchy’s visionary Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci is inspired by the promise of the American Dream and has made Americana a recurring theme in his work. While Tisci has experimented with a number of American sub-cultures and references, nothing better personifies his fascination with America and his own personal journey than denim.
“America was the first country to really believe in me. People find a way to express themselves in America. So that was my American Dream.” - Riccardo Tisci
Denim, highlighted in nearly all of his collections since he was named creative director of the Maison in 2005, serves as the perfect multi-dimensional canvas to express Tisici’s deep, complex and resolutely modern vision for Givenchy.
For Fall-Winter 2016, he evokes ’50s Americana workwear and taps into the bearded, booted, check shirt-ed aesthetic. The collection includes jackets, jeans, dungarees in blue and black denim in straight and slim fits. The ruggedness of the pieces is accented with the designer’s penchant for metallic studs juxtaposed with distressed floral-like detailing.
Images courtesy of Givenchy.