Italian designer Marco Zanini [Schiaparelli]
UPDATE: The rumours began back in April and last week it was confirmed. Yes, in the latest installment of fashion designer musical chairs, Marco Zanini is leaving Rochas and heading for Schiaparelli. Today a press release landed in our inbox from Schiaparelli to confirm they have named Marco Zanini its creative director and will unveil his first collection next January during couture week. They have confirmed that he will oversee their "pret- à-couture" and couture lines.
Zanini presented his final collection for Rochas during Paris Fashion Week on 25 September, after which a press release landed in the Grazia Daily inbox heralding Zanini for creating such a successful identity for the brand. 'As an iconic French maison, Rochas has been an endless source of inspiration for me,' says Zanini. 'I learned a lot over the past five years and I feel fortunate to have been part of such a wonderful adventure'.
Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua has stepped in as Rochas' Creative Director thanks to his 'unique vision and a sense of elegance'. His own brand, No.21, has gained cult following from both customers and press for its easy yet slightly eccentric style, but we'll see his first offering for Rochas in February 2014.
'Rochas is synonymous with French sophistication and a couture spirit, and as a designer I could not ask for anything more inspiring,' says Alessandro dell'Acqua. 'Working for a maison with such a historical heritage is a rare opportunity and I feel grateful it was given to me.'
Marco Zanini [Getty]
16 April 2013: Marco Zanini Heading To Schiaparelli?
While nothing has yet been confirmed, we have heard on good authority that the Rochas head design honcho Marco Zanini will soon be taking up a new position as the designer for the recently re-launched House of Schiaparelli.
While you may not have heard of Mr Zanini, he has been quietly building a reputation as one of this generation’s most creative talents. Born in Milan in 1971, Zanini graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Milan in 1995. Moving on from his role as an assistant at Dolce & Gabbana to become Donatella Versace’s right arm, he then was tapped to head up Halston. After his brief stint at the iconic 70s brand he moved to Paris to find a new home at Rochas.
Stepping into big shoes – the much loved Olivier Theyskens had been a big success with the press during his tenure at Rochas - Zanini has slowly but surely created a distinctive aesthetic which drew inspiration from a host of disparate references including John Waters and Tim Burton films. He’s much beloved by the blog set – Giovanna Battaglia impressively wore a huge frock coat from Marco’s A/W 2013 collection during the last Paris collections.
Of course, ever since Tod's announced they would be relaunching the Schiaparelli brand, the head designer gig has been much discussed around the fashion campfire – with a host of names bandied around including John Galliano. Whether the rumours prove true or not, it’s safe to say that Zanini would be well equipped to take on the legendary Elsa Schiaparelli’s surreal leaning House and bring it into the new century.