By  on March 15, 2012

PARIS — Could Raffaele Borriello — co-founder of the Paris fashion label Requiem — be the heir apparent at Leonard?

According to market sources, Borriello is poised to succeed Maxime Simoens at the design helm of the French fashion house known for its orchid prints on silk jersey.

Leonard officials had no comment Thursday.

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Borriello founded Requiem in 2005 with Julien Desselle, who departed the label in 2009 to pursue architecture. Both men had previously been designers at Gucci Group brands.

It is understood Borriello recently shuttered the Requiem label, known for its Forties-flavored and ladylike Parisian chic, after losing financial backing.

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