Just about a year ago, it was announced--shortly after Schiaparelli was the subject of the Met's 2012 Costume Institute exhibit--that the French fashion house would be revived after almost 50 years.
Since then, the Schiaparelli relaunch has become the Great Gatsby of the fashion industry--we've been hearing about it forever, but nothing's really happened. It was said that a creative director would be named last September, and yet, nothing, until now.
According to WWD, sources say Marco Zanini is getting involved with the brand--though his exact role is unknown. Zanini currently designs French label Rochas, which he was brought on to revive in 2008 following a stint at Halston. So he has some experience breathing life into an old house; and his slightly quirky, sculptural aesthetic would make sense at Schiaparelli.
We hear that Schiaparelli plans to announce Zanini's involvement in the coming weeks. Diego de Valle, who acquired Schiaparelli in 2006, has set the relaunch for "mid-2013."
Assuming it is true (as we believe it is), who do you think will take over at Rochas?