What would Audrey Hepburn think of Riccardo Tisci’s tenure at Givenchy? “You should ask him,” demurs Hubert de Givenchy. The venerable house’s founder recalled his longtime relationship with the icon for V’s new issue. The package, entitled “Magnificent Muses,” also features Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, and Donatella Versace, among others, paying tribute to the inspirational figures in their lives. For Lagerfeld, it’s Violette D’Urso, the 15-year-old daughter of Inès de la Fressange. (Evidently, muse-hood does not skip a generation.) Says the designer, “Violette is a French version of a Cara Delevingne in a calmer way. But also, she’s younger.”
Other fun facts gleaned from the spread: Donatella Versace and J to the L-O have been pals since the latter’s Selena days, and Versace hints that she might consider the star for a future ad campaign. And Ford still remembers the outfit his muse Carine Roitfeld was wearing when they met at Mario Testino’s studio in the ‘90s (it involved Helmut Lang leggings and slingbacks with stepped-on straps). “Once you start being a muse, you cannot stop being a muse,” Roitfeld concludes — after all, she is the expert. Click through the slideshow for a preview of the feature, including testimonials from Francisco Costa, Ralph Lauren, Jason Wu, and Joseph Altuzarra.