Dior 'appoints more Valentino designers'
Dior is reportedly set to welcome two more Valentino designers to its team.
It was announced earlier this month (Jul16) that Valentino’s long term co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri was moving to the French luxury label, ending her 25 years of partnership with fellow Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli. Now WWD reports her move will be made easier with the appointment of Cristiana Mentrasti and Raul Capuccini, both of whom joined Valentino in 2008.
Mentrasti also held a position at Fendi, where Chiuri and Piccioli first worked together.
Chiuri, the first woman to helm Dior, will show her first collection on 30 September (16) during Paris Fashion Week’s Spring/ Summer 17 presentations. The Fall 16 couture line, shown in Paris on 6 July (16), was Chiuri's last for Valentino. Speaking after her departure was officially announced, she opened up about her excitement at what the future holds.
"After 25 years of creative partnership and of professional satisfactions we gave ourselves the opportunity of continuing our artistic paths in an individual way with the reciprocal desire of further great achievements," she said.
"I have shared with Pierpaolo a great part of my professional life and it has been an experience made of many successful creative achievements together. I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge."
Piccioli will now helm Valentino alone, with the full support of CEO Stefano Sassi who called the change a "new and exciting" phase for the luxury label.
"The brand is strongly determined to continue its affirmation and development process accomplished in the past years," Sassi added.