Donatella Versace Interviews Riccardo Tisci for Interview

Inside the June issue of Interview magazine, Donatella Versace interviews fellow fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's Creative Director. Accompanying the article is a photo shoot captured by Steven Klein which stars Guinevere van Seenus and Saskia de Brauw, as well as Tisci himself. The shoot was styled by Ludivine Poiblanc and features designs by Givenchy, taken from the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. In the interview, Riccardo tells Donatella about his latest collection, his passion for design and his family.

DONATELLA VERSACE: Let’s talk about your last collection, which I found to be very beautiful—super sexy. I would wear all of it.

RICCARDO TISCI: Brava! In fact, as I’ve been saying, it is very Donatella, because it is about a very strong woman. My inspiration comes from many sources, and one of those sources is precisely the maison Versace. You know, when I was a little boy, my family was not very well off. I had a sister who worked in a hairdressing salon. I lost my dad when I was 4 or 5 years old. I grew up with eight sisters and my mom. Nine incredible women all a little “à la Donatella Versace.” Real strong women from the South of Italy, women who had sensuality. They had a confidence in their body and in their sensuality. And it was a poor family, I am very proud to say it.

VERSACE: Has your initial passion diminished at all? Is it still the same as it always was? Or are you getting used to it?

TISCI: I have to be honest: My great strength, which I very much believe in, is family. For me, family doesn’t simply mean components of DNA. I mean family in the sense of siblings. My mom and my sisters are the energy and inspiration in my life. For me, fashion is a job. I love it. It’s my passion. But the most important thing for me in general is life. I was lucky. From the time I was a little, I was always surrounded by women, and I am very attracted to the feminine world, because I love the strength and romanticism, which in the end, you can find in my style.

You can read more of the interview here.

Models: Guinevere van Seenus and Saskia de Brauw
Photography: Steven Klein
Fashion editor: Ludivine Poiblanc
Photos from: Interview June 2011

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