PUCCI’S PICK?: Are Emilio Pucci’s colorful prints in the cards for Marco Zanini? According to market sources, the Italian designer, who left Schiaparelli in November, is headed to the Italian brand following what is generally expected to be Peter Dundas’ last collection for Pucci, to be shown in Milan on Feb. 28. No announcement has been made about Dundas’ future at Pucci, but sources speculate that the designer could be returning to Roberto Cavalli.
Zanini was tapped as creative director of Schiaparelli in September 2013. He previously designed ready-to-wear at Rochas, and also worked at Versace, Halston and Dolce & Gabbana. His design sensibility, his use of colors and patterns would be a good fit for Pucci, according to sources, who also noted that the fact that Zanini does not have a signature line and could be solely dedicated to the Florence-based brand are seen as added value. Reached by WWD, Zanini denied any contact with Pucci or a move to that brand. MSGM creative director Massimo Giorgetti has also been rumored as a top contender for the Pucci role.
Pucci could not be reached for comment.