By  on February 1, 2006

MILAN — Gucci on Tuesday appointed Frida Giannini as designer of its men's wear, making her the brand's sole creative director.

The appointment confirms a front-page story in WWD Tuesday and follows the resignation of John Ray as men's wear creative director.

In a terse statement, Mark Lee, Gucci's president and chief executive officer, thanked Ray for his contribution to the success of the company's men's wear during the past 10 years and wished him the best of luck for the future.

Giannini's appointment brings to an end the design trio named to the brand in March 2004 following the departure of Gucci's previous creative director, Tom Ford. Giannini originally was named to head the label's accessories design, but took on the role of women's ready-to-wear creative director after the departure of Alessandra Facchinetti in March 2005. Giannini, Ray and Facchinetti were named to head Gucci's design division two years ago, while Stefano Pilati was tapped as creative director of rtw at the group's Yves Saint Laurent division.

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