CIAO, CIAO AT MEN'S BRANDS
TOP DESIGNERS LEAVE KEY BRANDS
Ladies first. So, after a domino-effect exodus at key women’s fashion brands (Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin, Raf Simons out at Dior and Hedi Slimane exiting Saint Laurent), the shake-up has now moved into men’s wear. To wit, Stefano Pilati is leaving Ermenegildo Zegna after a three-year tenure aimed at elevating the label’s fashion bar while Brendan Mullane and Brioni apparently didn’t reach an agreement to renew the designer’s contract, sealed four years ago. Last but not least, Alessandro Sartori has resigned from Berluti, where he was tapped five years ago by Antoine Arnault to turn the storied label into a lifestyle brand. Previously Sartori was the creative director of Z Zegna, Zegna’s more trend-driven brand, launched in 2003 while Pilati was the creative mind at Yves Saint Laurent. Mullane instead has worked in key roles at Givenchy, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Needless to say, the hunt for their successors is on.