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Stefano Pilati Leaves Ermenegildo Zegna [Updated]

The Italian house's head of design and former creative director of Yves Saint Laurent exits amid rumors he's headed to Lanvin.
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Stefano Pilati at Ermenegildo Zegna's fall 2016 menswear show. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Stefano Pilati at Ermenegildo Zegna's fall 2016 menswear show. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Stefano Pilati, head of design for Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his role at the Italian menswear label to pursue other (unnamed) opportunities. Pilati previously held the role of creative director at Yves Saint Laurent from 2004 to 2012, joined Ermenegildo Zegna back in 2013, and also oversaw the company's women's brand Agnona as creative director until this past July. His final collection for the men's line showed in Milan last month.

In a press release, Pilati stated: "I have given much consideration to this decision and after thoughtful conversations with Gildo Zegna, we have reached the conclusion that the mission he entrusted me with had been fulfilled. I now wish to focus on other projects that I had put aside in order to achieve our common goals with Zegna Couture."

The news comes on the heels of Monday's announcements that menswear labels Brioni and Berluti would part with their creative directors. Berluti's Alessandro Sartori, formerly the design director of Z Zegna, is rumored to return back to Ermenegildo Zegna after five years at the Paris-based menswear label. As for Pilati, rumor has it that he's being considered for the design post at Lanvin, formerly held by Alber Elbaz. Aside from Yves Saint Laurent, Pilati has previously held positions at Miu Miu, Prada and Giorgio Armani. And speaking of Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane is rumored to be leaving the label after its February show, too. 

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Hopefully as Fashion Month approaches, some of these rumors will be put to rest. Watch this space.

Update: On Feb. 5, Ermenegildo Zegna confirmed that Alessandro Sartori will replace Pilati in the newly created role of artistic director in June of 2016. Sartori will be responsible for all Zegna brands and his first full season will be fall/winter 2017. This marks a return to the company for Sartori, who spent eight years as creative director of Z Zegna before joining Berluti, which he left just this week.

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