Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci Talks Dressing Rooney Mara and Madonna at the Super Bowl: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

16 February 2012

Grazia was, of course, thrilled to get an exclusive interview with Givenchy's Creative Director Riccardo Tisci about designing Madonna's beautiful Givenchy Haute Couture outfits for her awesome record-breaking Superbowl half-time performance. One thing you should no about Tisci: he talks at about a million miles an hour. So three pages in the magazine were never going to be enough. Here, we let the hottest name in fashion tell us about the latest addition to the Givenchy gang (*jeals*), those pre-Fall boots, his favourite blogs, and what's coming up for Autumn/Winter 2012....

'I don’t like to change my girl, models and celebrities like a t-shirt. I’ve still got my people from day one: Mariacarla, Marina Abramovic, Courtney Love… people that have always been there and will always be there with me like a little family. I have discovered Natasha. There’s also Joan Smalls, Ming, Magdalena, Lea, Daphne, Iris… Givenchy is all about a gang!' - Riccardo Tisci

Surely top of every fashionista’s wishlist right now is an invitation to be part of Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Gang. And the latest style icon to have gained entry into that oh-so-exclusive club is the star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara.

‘We’re dressing her a lot’ says Tisci, Givenchy’s Creative Director ‘We’re obsessed with her, and she’s obsessed with us!’

The mutual fan club is understandable. This woman is a one-off style icon; one of Grazia's spies (they're everywhere!) tells a story of spotting Mara in a Givenchy store over the Christmas holidays, buying an intriguing assortment of clothes: a women’s pre-Collection jacket, a men’s shirt and some wicked high heels. And sure enough there are images of Rooney on the red carpet in early January, styled to perfection, the black men’s shirt worn oversized as a dress. Genius.

'She really sees my clothes. She’s so cool and she represents what a women should be today' says Tisci ' …she’s become part of the Givenchy gang’. Were the piercings and tough-girl grunge edge to his recent haute couture collection inspired by Rooney’s Dragon Tattoo role? ‘Of course!’ he replies. The bets are on as to whether Rooney will rock Givenchy haute couture for the ultimate red carpet - at the Oscars, although Tisci, of course, is too discreet to comment.

For those of us for whom the dream of owning a piece of Givenchy haute couture may forever remain tantalisingly out of reach, there’s still the ready-to-wear. And it seems the latest “It” item for Givenchy devotees is not a bag but the boots from the Pre-Fall ready-to-wear collection. The boots have a thick heel and feature a long tubular sleeve that reaches the ground.

‘The Boots are a killer – everyone is loving them!’ admits Tisci ‘The other day, I came home, and I was checking for something on the internet and everyone was talking about them on all the blogs!’

The new “now” boots, while catwalk edgy and seemingly futuristic are apparently vintage inspired ‘from a very old 1920s horse riding boot’ that Tisci had spotted in a photograph of a ‘Russian tsarina’, dressed in a long velvet coat. The tube-style over-sleeves on the original boots only came down to the ankle, ‘but we brought them down to the floor’. A small but crucial tweak that has turned an almost hundred-year-old classic into the hottest wish-list item for Autumn 2012.

Not surprisingly, Tisci claims he doesn’t have ‘super-much time to watch the news, but with the internet you can be on the streets of the world! You can see China, England, Africa, Greece and you’re still in Paris!’ His favourite street style blogs are Stockholm Street Style, and Jak & Jill.

Next up is ready-to-wear for Autumn Winter 2012, and Tisci hints cryptically at the collection’s themes; ‘it’s a big homage to a big moment of France; the biggest most beautiful of moments.’ We can’t wait…

For an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci about dressing Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture for her Superbowl Halftime performance, buy this week’s Grazia, out now.

by Angela Buttolph


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