MILAN — In a predictable move, Alessandra Facchinetti is ending her Moncler Gamme Rouge partnership to focus on Valentino, where she will present her first ready-to-wear show in March. Her last effort for Moncler was the spring 2008 collection.
Facchinetti's successor at the outerwear brand will be named later this month.
The designer joined Moncler in 2006 to launch a collection focused on exclusive down jackets made from nylon, chiffons and organdies and adorned with sequins, plumes and hand-embroidered details, among other things.
In four seasons, Facchinetti helped put down jackets back on the fashion map, developing styles suitable even for formal soirees. The Moncler design stint was also a way for Facchinetti to stay involved in fashion after her short-lived experience at Gucci.
Gamme Rouge — which is carried in about 100 select sales points worldwide, including Barneys New York in Manhattan and Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, Tokyo's Isetan and Joseph in London — accounted for 5 percent of Moncler's $147 million sales in 2007. The bulk of the business comes from the Moncler main line, a large collection of colorful jackets made with top-quality down and sporty chic tops and bottoms.
"My experience with Gamme Rouge was unique and extraordinary. I thank Remo Ruffini, who allowed me to do my work with the best of my abilities, giving me free rein to express my taste and style," said Facchinetti.
Ruffini, chairman and creative director of Moncler, praised Facchinetti for her "taste, talent and professionalism and for the extraordinary work which she has done with the Moncler Gamme Rouge collection in these years."
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