Last year saw a series of revered designers in the womenswear realm stepping down from their posts: Raf Simons of Dior, Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and Alexander Wang of Balenciaga all parted ways with their respective brands, making their spring/summer 2016 shows their final collections. And just yesterday, a month into 2016, Alessandro Sartori — artistic director of Berluti — left the luxury shoemaker after a five year long stint. 

Now, Stefano Pilati is calling it quits with Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, leaving his position as head of design after a mere three years helming the Italian luxury house. Pilati said, "I have given much consideration to this decision and after thoughtful conversations with Gildo Zegna, we have reached the conclusion that the mission he entrusted me with had been fulfilled. I now wish to focus on other projects that I had put aside in order to achieve our common goals with Zegna Couture."

Will this trigger a shuffling of designers amongst the menswear labels, or will Pilati — formerly head of design at Yves Saint Laurent — be poised to re-enter the womenswear scene? Speculations and rumours will definitely be abound, but before the official statement is released, we leave you with the designer's parting words: "It has been an honour to work with this extraordinary family company that puts quality, craftsmanship and excellence at the center of their business."

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