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."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast