Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci Goes Tribal for the Relaunch of W

We’ve been around a little bit, but not even we can remember the last time a single issue of a magazine has been so obsessively awaited or compulsively watched by readers and media alike. Such is the import of Stefano Tonchi and his September debut as editor-in-chief of W magazine, hitting newsstands August 24 (earlier in NY and LA).

Today we managed to get our grubby hands on a few of the stories you’ll find, including a feature called “Tisci’s Tribe,” as in Riccardo Tisci, the Givenchy designer who’s experienced a similarly explosive rise. Studiously written by Diane Solway, with photos by Willy Vanderperre, the lengthy piece is chock-full of anecdotes and quotes. These are a few of our favorites…

Riccardo Tisci, on his shared traits with Monsieur de Givenchy: “We’re both related […] to celebrity, without being a celebrity. And it’s a real relationship. I have what Hubert used to have with Audrey [Hepburn]. Mariacarla, Lea, Marina, Courtney, Antony—they’re my Audrey.”

Marina Abramović, on a possible portrait with Tisci: “Everything he does is intense, and that’s why we connect. I thought it would be funny if we did Riccardo drinking milk from my breasts, because that’s really what it is—we feed each other. We’re family.”

Antony Hegarty, on the outfit Tisci created for his 2009 summer tour: “I told him my cat had died, and he made me this beautiful coat. It had hundreds of layers of felt separated by pearls, and it was layered to form the impression of a cat’s head curling around my shoulder. And on the back were all these skeletal plumes. It felt so personal.”

Courtney Love, on performing live at a Givenchy party in 2007: “You have not lived until you’ve seen Suzy Menkes and Karl Lagerfeld moshing in front of you while you’re playing rock in a couture [Givenchy] dress.”

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