That was quick.
In late September 2013, and with much fanfare, Marco Zanini -- the much-admired creative director of French fashion house Rochas -- was appointed to lead the creative revival of Schiaparelli, with promises of both ready-to-wear and couture collections. Thirteen months later, and Zanini has parted ways with Schiaparelli, having produced two fantastic (if mostly unwearable, and sometimes too literal) couture collections for the house, and no ready-to-wear.
Schiaparelli has already lined up a replacement. The company, which is owned by Tod's Group Chairman Diego Della Valle, sent the following announcement Friday morning:
Schiaparelli is announcing today the end of its collaboration with Marco Zanini.
The House of Schiaparelli is looking towards its future while transcending the aesthetic codes created by Elsa Schiaparelli. It follows a dynamic where a contemporary spirit meets its founder’s daring personality.
Schiaparelli will announce its new creative director soon.
The announcement was not a complete surprise: Earlier this week, WWD reported that Zanini was not happy working at the label.