Riccardo Tisci, the young avant-garde Italian, was just 29 when he joined Givenchy as its new creative director, following in the wake of Britain’s Julien Macdonald, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

Givenchy in Paris
Givenchy: a chic silhouette

Virtually untried and untested, he has had to grow up fast.

“It was not easy,” he said, before the presentation of his spring/summer 2008 collection in the evocative surroundings of the wood-beamed and ceilinged Couvent des Cordeliers on the Left Bank on Tuesday.