Fresh off the news that Alexis Mabille and Maison Martin Margiela have been added by the Chambre Syndicale to the official line up of Haute Couture shows this January 21-24, Givenchy has announced that it has removed itself from the Couture Week schedule. The news is rather disappointing as Givenchy has always been a highlight on the Couture Fashion Week calendar, though, admittedly, the Maison has, in fact, been downsizing its couture collections over the past several years. In 2010, Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci, began showing only ten dresses in static presentations in lieu of a catwalk show. Now, the focus will be put on creating personal designs for celebrities attending high-profile events and for clients who visit the Paris showroom. It is said that select guests attending the annual New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in May 2013 will wear Givenchy couture designs. The Maison will not comment on how long this hiatus will last.