PRADA TO PAY: A Milan court has ruled that Prada Group must pay Italian clothing company GTR $6.57 million for not respecting the terms of GTR’s contract to produce clothing for Helmut Lang. (Dollar figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.) Prada said the damages are less than 10 percent of what GTR was asking. A GTR spokeswoman said Prada did not satisfy the minimum production quota of the contract. GTR, which produced Helmut Lang’s denim and khaki lines, among others, is evaluating further legal action, the she added.

Meanwhile, Prada said it has named Fabio Zambernardi as design director of the Prada and Miu Miu lines, for all divisions ranging from ready-to-wear to footwear and accessories. Since 1999, Zambernardi was Prada’s design fashion coordinator, and, before that, helped design the footwear line since 1997. In his new role, Zambernardi will work with Miuccia Prada and her husband, Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli, on the development of the collections and image strategies.

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