Fashion designers pay tribute to Hubert de Givenchy

Top fashion designers have led tributes to style pioneer Hubert De Givenchy.
The French couturier died on Saturday (10Mar18) at the age of 91, his family confirmed on Monday.
Following the news, numerous people in the industry have shared emotional tributes to Givenchy, starting with the current creative director of his company, Clare Waight Keller.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honour to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy,” she captioned a black and white photo a young Givenchy posted on her Instagram page. “Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever.”
Keller, who presented her second ready-to-wear offering for the label as part of Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, added that her “deepest thoughts” were with Givenchy’s loved ones.
While Riccardo Tisci, who helmed Givenchy from 2005 until early 2017 and is now gearing up to head Burberry, shared his own tribute to the designer, writing: “I’ll always be thankful to the man who has touched so many souls with his sense of beauty and incomparable elegance. His remarkable work will let his light shine and his vivid presence alive for ever in time. Merci monsieur Hubert.”
Born into aristocracy as Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy, the designer worked for the likes of Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli before founding his own brand in 1952.
With his own label, Givenchy worked with high-profile names such as Jackie Kennedy, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Jeanne Moreau. He also famously designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, including the little black dress she wore in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995 with his successors including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald. He is survived by his long-time companion, couture designer Philippe Venet.