ZANINI DEPARTURE RUMORED: Could Marco Zanini already be eyeing the door at Schiaparelli? Sources say the designer is unhappy at the storied brand, owned by Diego Della Valle. The entrepreneur, chairman and chief executive officer of Tod’s Group, tapped Zanini as Schiaparelli’s creative director at the end of September last year. According to one source, Zanini feels the label “is not exactly his fit.”
His first couture collection for Schiaparelli, presented in Paris in January, received critical plaudits. His first couture collection for Schiaparelli, presented in Paris in January, followed by his fall efforts in July, received critical plaudits, as Zanini channeled the witty and innovative Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli herself.
The Milan-born Zanini was previously the designer of Rochas. He cut his teeth at Versace, logged a two-year stint at Halston, and had also worked at Dolce & Gabbana and Lawrence Steele. Asked about the speculation he was leaving the label, Zanini said he does not comment on rumors, while Schiaparelli officials could not be reached for comment.