'It was an amazing moment, but I was really stressed about this in the beginning,' Riccardo Tisci said the night after the Met Ball. Not only was he cochair at Monday night's event, but the Givenchy designer dressed no less than 13 guests. It's no surprise he was nervous.
Rooney Mara and Riccardo Tisci
Speaking to WWD, the Givenchy designer reveals that after Anna Wintour asked him to cochair, he gathered together the 'people who make me feel like home, like a family'. Those people included Rooney Mara, Florence Welch, Debbie Harry, Beyoncé Knowles and of course Madonna. That's quite the fabulous family!
'I would have loved to have invited many more people that are part of my gang, so I needed to choose the women and men that, for me, represented punk in my own way,' he says. 'When we were all seated, I got goose bumps. It was a very emotional moment.'
So how did the Givenchy gang measure up? Well, there was certainly a wonderful variety. For starters, Madonna caused a stir wearing a studded jacket teamed with shredded fishnets. 'Madonna and I did the red carpet together. We did interviews together. We collaborated,' Tisci tells WWD. 'With women and men, I like to sit down and talk about what we want to do. I don’t like to be lazy and just take a dress and say, ‘This dress is nice, I am sure Madonna would wear it.’ I am very honest with them. I am not just dressing them to send clothes but to celebrate their beauty and talent.'
2. Rooney Mara
Meanwhile, the designer's fellow cochair and most recent muse, Rooney Mara, was swathed in an ivory tulle gown. 'She is superintelligent, superelegant, supercool,' says Tisci. 'For last night, I said, ‘Rooney, we should really push more to be sexy, because you have the face and the body to be sexy,’ and she said, ‘You know what, we should go for it.’ For me, the punk moment was the cleavage — a very big, open V-neck dress. She was very punk in her own way.'
3. Beyoncé Knowles
As for Beyoncé, the superstar singer stunned in a strapless black bodice which gave way to a cascading skirt covered in a swirling gold and bronze print - oh, and with matching boots. So how did the striking look come about? 'Beyoncé said, ‘I want to look really good like last year, but I want to look different'. She was like a rock girl with the flame, the boots, the gloves, the corset, the animal. For me, she was a sexy goddess.'
4. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian also got the Givenchy treatment but her blossom gown featuring a high-neck and built-in gloves divided opinion. In fact, the ensemble has since been compared to a frumpy floral sofa. Yikes. So what was Tisci's verdict? 'I wanted to have a moment of family…Kim, Kanye and the baby,' he says. 'Kim said, ‘Ricky, I love what you’re doing so much, I am in your hands.'' We LOVE that Kimmy called him 'Ricky'.
And Tisci's response? 'I said, we should give her our punk moment with a romantic beautiful flower-printed dress.' But of course! 'I have dressed many pregnant women in the past,' he continues. 'People can say what they want. To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers. I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.'
Coming from Tisci, that's quite the accolade. Don't rule out sofa chic just yet, folks.