We've loved just about everything Marco Zanini has done at French fashion house Rochas, including the shimmering collection he showed in Paris yesterday, which it turns out was his swan song for the brand.
As was rumored, the house has confirmed that Zanini has left Rochas to take the helm at Schiaparelli, and that No.21 designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua will replace him. Suzy Menkes reported that the news was announced at the end of yesterday's Rochas show:
As the Rochas show came to an end in a cloud of glitter and puff, the replacement for the designer Marco Zanini, who is moving to Schiaparelli, was announced.
Rochas confirmed that Alessandro dell’Acqua, the veteran Italian designer with a particular skill in knitting and a fine sense of the female form, will be taking over at Rochas next season.
Dell'Acqua confirmed last week that he would not be renewing his role at Les Copains, but will presumably continue designing No.21, which shows in Milan.
All in all, its pretty great news. We like what Dell'Acqua does at No.21 and are excited to see how he interprets Rochas with his own aesthetic. We're also excited for Schiaparelli to finally, officially have a designer, and could see Zanini doing some really beautiful things there.
We wonder what other designer comings and goings will be announced this week. Clearly, it's that time of the year.