By  on December 18, 2017

It was just not meant to be — but boy, did it make for industry fodder.

After rumors circulated for more than a year, the much-hyped and widely expected arrival of Riccardo Tisci at Versace never materialized. The elements for a potential match were there: Donatella Versace and Tisci’s long-standing friendship, which culminated with her appearing in Givenchy’s fall 2015 campaign; Tisci’s lifelong admiration for Gianni Versace’s legacy, and Donatella Versace’s inclination to champion young designers — see Anthony Vaccarello and Christopher Kane tapped to forge a new path for Versus. Tisci’s exit from Givenchy in February, after 12 years as the brand’s artistic director, immediately added fuel to the speculation.

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