Changes at the top of Gucci's ready-to-wear line

8th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - Luxury fashion house Gucci said Tuesday it had named Frida Giannini the creative director for womenswear, replacing Alessandra Facchinetti who resigned after a disagreement with management.

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - Luxury fashion house Gucci said Tuesday it had named Frida Giannini the creative director for womenswear, replacing Alessandra Facchinetti who resigned after a disagreement with management.

The Italian brand, a subsidiary of the French luxury group Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, said the row centred on Facchinetti's role and responsibilities in the future, rather than on matters of strategy.

Giannini will also retain her job at Gucci accessories.

That puts her in charge of all women's products under the brand, including the seasonal women's runway fashion shows.

PPR said that Giannini's appointment reflects "her remarkable ability to capture the essence of the Gucci brand in the products she has designed, which have met with outstanding editorial and retail success."

Facchinetti joined Gucci in October 2000 and became creative director of women's ready-to-wear a year ago.

Giannini's nomination was the first major change in the fashion house since the arrival in October of Mark Lee, former chief executive of YSL Rive Gauche, at the helm of Gucci.

Her artistic direction of accessories, a major business of the Gucci brand, won wide praise in the industry.

Giannini joined Gucci in 2002 as head of the leather goods studio.

© AFP

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