Marco Zanini Confirmed at Schiaparelli, Will Debut First Collection During Couture

This was one of those rumors that everyone talked about like it was true, despite the fact that it wasn't actually ever confirmed. But now it is: Maison Schiaparelli finally has a designer--and it's former Rochas creative director Marco Zanini.
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This was one of those rumors that everyone talked about like it was true, despite the fact that it wasn't actually ever confirmed. But now it is: Maison Schiaparelli finally has a designer--and it's former Rochas creative director Marco Zanini.
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This was one of those rumors that everyone talked about like it was true, despite the fact that it wasn't actually ever confirmed. But now it is: Maison Schiaparelli finally has a designer--and it's former Rochas creative director Marco Zanini.

Of course, we saw it coming back on Friday, when Rochas announced that Zanini would be leaving the label, to be replaced by Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

With the confirmation of Zanini's appointment this morning also comes news that the label will produce both ready to wear and couture, with Zanini heading up both facets of the brand. His first collection will debut in January during Paris Couture Week.

"My mission is to make the name of Schiaparelli resound in both the present and the future," Zanini said in a release. "The emotional link to this project is very strong for me and reflective of my admiration for the intelligent and innovative personality of Elsa Schiaparelli." He continued, "Through her designs she was able to anticipate the trends of her time but with a relevance to daily living, approaching creativity from a different point of view. One which is still significant today. My wish is to revive the incredible aesthetic of this iconic couture house."

The excitement surrounding Schiaparelli may not have quite the same momentum it did last year, with all the buzz surrounding the Met exhibit--but, still, everyone loves a revival, and we're excited to see what Zanini cooks up for this iconic label.