>> Over the weekend, Valentino confirmed that its accessories designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will be replacing Alessandra Facchinetti as creative directors of the brand. This marks the second time Facchinetti has been replaced by accessories specialists, the first being when Frida Giannini replaced her at Gucci in 2005.
But here's the rub — Facchinetti found out she was being replaced at Valentino from the press, she said in a statement:
It was with deep regret that I learnt from the press that I would no longer be working with Valentino. This news came as a great surprise since the company’s top management has not yet seen fit to inform me of the above.
I would like to thank Valentino S.p.A. for showing their appreciation of my 'creative contribution and my sophisticated talent,' although I deeply regret the fact that this talent and contribution do not seem to have been adequately acknowledged. I find it extremely sad that a brand label of the caliber of Valentino, which has made history in the world of fashion, has been the subject of rumors for the past two weeks.
So why was she given the boot? »
Although Facchinetti's most recent collection was well-received, her dismissal was not caused by the clothes, but rather her inability to build a strong, cohesive team, and her inability to make decisions ultimately crippled the production process. Valentino Garavani voiced his approval for the design changes — he did woo Chiuri and Piccioli work for Valentino himself — and took one last swing at Facchinetti in the process:
They are two serious, capable professionals that I had alongside me for many years. They always demonstrated an enormous respect and love for my work. There is an existing archive with thousands of dresses where they can draw and take inspiration from to create a Valentino product that is relevant today. It is a shame that their predecessor didn’t feel this need.
And it's a shame Alessandra Facchinetti wasn't given more than two seasons to work with.