Vionnet Designers on the Way Out?

Barbara and Lucia Croce are said to be discussing the future.

CHANGES AT VIONNET?: Three months after the sale of Vionnet to Go to Enterprise Sarl, headed by the London-based Goga Ashkenazi, sources in Milan say creative directors Barbara and Lucia Croce are currently discussing their future at the storied fashion house after clashes with Ashkenazi. The spring 2013 collection is expected to regularly show in Paris on Sept. 28, but a well-placed source said it will be designed by an in-house team. Ashkenazi, who is from Kazakhstan, took control of Vionnet in May, through an investment agreement that seeks to accelerate the development of the label. Previous co-owners Matteo Marzotto and his longtime friend and Marni chief executive officer Gianni Castiglioni, who acquired the brand in 2009, remain shareholders and maintain their operative roles.

Marzotto tapped the twin Croce sisters last October, succeeding Rodolfo Paglialunga.

This story first appeared in the August 28, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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