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November 04, 2013

Schiaparelli

"After years of speculation, one of fashion’s most iconic brands is making its comeback with Marco Zanini at the helm."

When Zanini was in London for the summer as a 16-year-old student, he blew his entire food budget on a first edition of Schiaparelli’s autobiography, Shocking Life , he found at a Charing Cross Road bookstore. It cost 50 pounds, but he was fascinated by her personality, her life, her strange mixture of stark simplicity, unique opulence, and unbridled playfulness. He already knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. The son of a Milanese furrier and a Swedish housewife, he’d been so struck by seeing Christian Lacroix’s first couture show on television that he’d written to the designer and received an encouraging reply. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, worked with Lawrence Steele, then spent nine years doing couture and ready-to-wear (including Jennifer Lopez’s navel-baring jungle dress) with Donatella Versace, did a brief flyby at Halston in New York, and, by the time he got a mysterious phone call last spring from an intermediary of the Italian accessories tycoon ­Diego Della Valle, he was the much admired creative director of Rochas.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 4, 2013 06:27 AM