NEW TEAM: Speaking for the first time since the death of resident designer Manuel Mota, Pronovias owner and president Alberto Palatchi unveiled at a Barcelona press conference last week the formation of a new design team made up of roughly 60 professionals to be called Atelier Pronovias. The group will act as the bridal company’s “collective creative director to strengthen, innovate and diversify the brand for brides on five continents,” he said.

Mota, who committed suicide on Jan. 8, had a history of depression, according to local sources. In a note left to his family, he cited business pressures and specifically requested that nobody from Pronovias attend the funeral. The media here blamed Palatchi, who said, “My relationship with Manuel was exemplary for 23 years; anything else is slander and a lie.”

This story first appeared in the March 11, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.