Just after three days of receiving news that Stefano Pilati stepped down as head of design for Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, the Italian house has announced its next successor — and we're not surprised by the musical chairs.
While we're still recovering from the devasting news of Pilati's departure, our moods have been uplifted with the official announcement (just minutes ago) that former artistic director of Berluti, Alessandro Sartori will be taking his place. As the saying goes: "It's not goodbye, it's see you later."
Responsible for all Zegna brands across the board, Sartori will officially join the group in June and will report directly to chief executive officer, Gildo Zegna. "I've known Alessandro and his style for many years and I am extremely excited to welcome him back to our Group. His talent, creativity, passion and modernity make him the perfect fit to help us take Zegna to the next phase of its development," said Zegna.
Speaking of his new chapter with Ermenegildo Zegna, Sartori said, "I want to thank Gildo and the whole Zegna family for this fantastic opportunity. I grew up watching and admiring their creations and their authentic and deep values and I am extremely excited to write with the whole Zegna team the next chapter. I cannot wait to enter in their fabulous archives and to meet their artisans to start working on the new collections".
Fans of Sartori's work will have to wait patiently till January 2017 to see his first collection for Zegna — the fall/winter 2017 show to be held at Milan men's fashion week.