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  • The creative director of
    Givenchy on elegance, key pieces and why sporty is the strongest look a woman can master

    1 EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN... A pair of black leggings, a romantic white shirt, a man’s suit, an oversized T-shirt, a vintage Victorian-style dress and a pair of Nike Air Force 1s.

    2 THE SECRET TO STYLE IS... Having the freedom to put clothes and colors together as you wish. Elegance and style have no price – you can’t buy them.

    3 DON’T BE SCARED OF... Having fashion favorites. I’m a Leo, so I’m a collector. I have 300 Ralph Lauren shirts and I’ve

    been collecting Nike trainers since I was 12 – I always wear the white pair when taking my runway show bow. That’s my look and I stick to it.

    4 SNEAKERS LOOK BEST ON WOMEN WHEN... Worn in an elegant way, with a mannish pantsuit and open-collar shirt. It’s a strong image. My sneakers with Nike are a celebration of different tribes. They have an iconic style.

    5 FASHION IS ABOUT... Luxury and reality. I love life on the street, but I also love luxury. Givenchy’s printed T-shirts, for example, have brought a younger customer to the brand. They have been pretty successful and I wanted to complete that look with shoes that are accessible and allow people to be part of the Tisci world.

    6 BE CURIOUS... I’m emotional and find inspiration every day. I have an imagination and try to make everything new and beautiful. I’m curious, I explore.

    “SNEAKERS look best when worn with a MANNISH pantsuit and open-collar shirt”

    Don’t be afraid of having a signature look, says the designer (right)

    Tisci’s collaboration focuses on Nike’s celebrated Air
    Force 1 design


    Interview: Jane McFarland. Photograph: Sabrina Theissen/Highsnobiety

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