Riccardo Tisci: Burberry's new Chief Creative Officer

The Italian designer will be replacing Christopher Bailey

by Laura Sutcliffe, /

Talk about starting March off with a bang! It has been confirmed that Riccardo Tisci is replacing Christopher Bailey at Burberry. The Italian designer, 43, has been named as the brand’s new Chief Creative Officer, having spent 12 years at Givenchy. He will joining Burberry in March and will present his very first collection for the British brand in September. Riccardo, who will be based in London at the company's head quarters, has been brought in by Marco Gobbetti, the former CEO of Givenchy, who took over after Christopher stepped down as chief executive last July.

Riccardo is the Burberry's new Chief Creative Officer

In his official statement, Riccardo stated: "I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry as its new Chief Creative Officer and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti. I have an enormous respect for Burberry's British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand." Marco is equally excited about the new appointment, saying: "I am delighted that Riccardo is joining Burberry as chief creative officer. Riccardo is one of the most talented designers of our time."

Cara Delevingne stunned the runway at Christopher Bailey's last show

Christopher Bailey was seen as a double hitter – he held the dual role of Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Burberry until last year, when he announced his departure. His final collection was presented at London Fashion Week in February and was one of the most iconic shows of his whole career. Cara Delevingne returned to the runway for the occasion and British icons including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sienna Miller, Lily James, Jourdan Dunn and Alexa Chung lit up the frow. The collection was dedicated to LGBTQ, and model Adwoa Aboah opened the show in a rainbow-covered skirt. Puffa jackets and high-top trainers came with rainbow stripes, and coats and capes were adorned with technicolour versions of the famous Burberry check.

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