PARIS – Accessories trump clothes again. Valentino said its longtime accessories duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli would become creative directors for all categories, succeeding ready-to-wear and couture designer Alessandra Facchinetti, confirming a report on WWD.com Friday.
The change comes one day after Facchinetti staged her second rtw show for the Roman house amidst widespread speculation her days were numbered, creating an uneasy atmosphere at the event, held in a tent in the Tuileries. Stefano Sassi, chairman and chief executive officer of Valentino, stated that Chiuri and Piccioli “have the right qualities, in both creativity and management, to make the Valentino brand stronger at the highest level in luxury fashion.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"