On The Job Training
Back in—what?—November, we told you that we expected Valentino to wait a couple of seasons before picking a full-time designer.
Well, turns out we were wrong… ish.
Just this week, the storied house with the bronzed figurehead announced that former designer for Prada and Brioni, Ferruccio Pozzoni would be taking over the men's side of Valentino (with Alessandra Facchinetti of Gucci helming the distaff line). Given that Pozzoni and Facchinetti were rumored to have those positions as long ago as October and that Pozzoni's first collection will debut in Paris (in a shift from the usual Milan venue) nine days from now, it's clear that the 47-year-old Italian has been operating as the men's creative director for the last few months (or at least as long as it took to task his studio and built the Fall/Winter collection).
In the fashion world, where millions of dollars ride on such personnel changes, it's not unheard of for a designer to do the job and then get the job (even for a vet like Pozzoni). Speculation aside, the one thing we can assume from the recent announcement is that Valentino, the man and the line, have given Pozzoni's Fall line their stamp of approval—a sign that, on the eve of Valentino Garavani's last haute couture collection, his men's line brand on the way toward better things.