Lucia Croce, Katy Perry, Matteo Marzotto and Barbara Croce
News just in! The below statement from French fashion house Vionnet has just arrived in the Grazia Daily inbox:
'Barbara and Lucia Croce have, currently, interrupted their collaboration with Vionnet SpA. The work on the current SS 2013 collection is being carried out by the in-house design team and we will be proud to present it on the 28th September in Paris, where we will also be celebrating 100th Anniversary of the brand on the 30th of September with a special event and presentation of the Demi Couture collection.'
Rumours were whirling early this morning that the Italian twin sisters are leaving Vionnet following a reported fall-out with new owner Goga Ashkenazi. It was three months ago that Ashkenazi's London-based company, Go to Enterprise Sarl, bought the label in order to accelerate its development. As WWD reports, sources in Milan say the creative directors 'are currently discussing their future after clashes with Ashkenazi', but there's no news on whether the 'interruption' will be permanent.
Vionnet's Resort 2013 collection
Barbara and Lucia were first hired in October 2011 by former owners Matteo Marzotto and Gianni Castiglioni, who remain as shareholders of the label. At the time, Marzotto explained that Barbara and Lucia were selected because they ’have strong personalities and they’ve worked in international contexts’. Indeed, Barbara has previously worked at Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci and Ralph Lauren, while her sister Lucia has worked at Valentino, Neil Barrett and Ter et Bantine.
The sisters succeeded Rodolfo Paglialunga's two-year stint at Vionnet. It was in 2009 that Paglialunga was appointed as the new creative director, tasked with guiding the sleepy label into the next century and reviving its great legacy. Legions of celeb fans joined the Vionnet bandwagon, from Carey Mulligan and Diane Kruger to none other than Madonna sporting the signature sculptural draping. Yep, thanks to Paglialunga, Vionnet was once again the label everyone was buzzing about. But the designer shocked Planet Fashion when he terminated the collaboration last year.
So with another collaboration possibly about to be terminated, is Vionnet on the hunt for a new designer? Watch this space...