PUCCI’S ESPADA RESIGNS

PARIS — Fashion’s revolving door continues to spin.
WWD has learned that Italian fashion house Pucci is parting ways with its creative director, Julio Espada, after three collections that received lukewarm reviews. The identity of his successor could not immediately be learned.
Reached on Monday, Espada confirmed that he submitted his resignation, but declined further comment. Laudomia Pucci, the daughter of Emilio Pucci and image director of the firm, said, “I’m sure Julio made the right decision, which I respect, and I wish him well.”
Speculation that a design change at Pucci, owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, was in the offing was first reported in these columns on March 12. Espada was a 20-year veteran of the industry who had worked at Esprit, Perry Ellis and Marc Jacobs before LVMH surprisingly chose him as the designer to grow the Pucci brand.
Espada had been recommended for the post by Jacobs himself. But sources said LVMH was disappointed in the dearth of color and vibrancy in Espada’s Pucci, a collection known since 1947 for its colorful, graphic prints and a jet-set clientele and attitude.
LVMH bought Florence-based Pucci in October 2000 with plans to revitalize the brand in ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories and revive such categories as fragrances, rugs and home accessories.

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