In the latest round of Designer Musical Chairs, with Raf Simons leaving Jil Sander to take the helm at Christian Dior post Galliano-gate, and Hedi Slimane taking over Yves Saint Laurent (which he promptly changed to Saint Laurent Paris), only the ousted Stefano Pilati seemed left standing with no chair to fill. It seems at last that he has found a worthwhile seat within the Zegna Group, where he will be Head of Design for luxury menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna (Pilati designed menswear in addition to womenswear during his reign at YSL) and will also be Creative Director of Agnona, a womens luxury ready-to-wear and accessories brand founded in 1953. Forum members are anticipating that the new assignments will be a good fit for both Pilati and the Zegna group.
“Yay I'm so excited with this news,” Flashbang commented. “Ermenegildo Zegna, as much as I love the label's classic work, needs some edge and I'm sure Pilati will do a good job there.”
Mutterlein shared her thoughts on the new gig as well: “While not the most exciting appointment in terms of big high fashion glitz, it does seem like a really natural and practical pairing. I think Pilati already knows the Zegna and Agnona customers extremely well, and I think part of the issue was that he wrongly identified them as the YSL customer. It's great to see him in a place where he can really let go and do HIM. And to that point, it's great for him to be at a house with a heritage and not a legacy, he's more open to interpretation, he can really indulge who he is without the discrepancies forming between his work and the house's legacy. Very exciting!”
Let’s hope this means that most of the big name designers have ended up where they belong for a while. Our heads are spinning from following the intense (and exciting) game of Designer Musical Chairs over the last couple of years, and we’re getting kind of dizzy at this point.