The rumors that circulated during Paris Fashion Week about Marco Zanini's replacement at Schiaparelli have turned out to be true. The Paris-based couture house — owned by Tod's CEO Diego Della Valle — has hired Bertrand Guyon as design director, to oversee both the haute couture and prêt-à-couture collections. While he's not a marquee name, that doesn't mean his resumé isn't impressive: Before taking the creative lead at Schiaparelli, he worked as a designer at Valentino, and he's a graduate of the prestigious École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Guyon has held stints at both Christian Lacroix and Givenchy as well.
In a release, Guyon had this to say about joining the brand, which has been without a head designer since November:
Elsa Schiaparelli is an enchanting couture house. I have always been fascinated by its exceptional legacy, its luminous and intimate story, its quirky and poetic world, its ultimate chic and its endless creativity. I feel honored to be part of Schiaparelli today and develop it further, respecting its heritage and tradition while adding a contemporary and modern take, something Elsa Schiaparelli has always demonstrated.
Guyon's first couture collection for Schiaparelli will be presented in Paris in July.
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