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Alessandra Facchinetti Is Let Go From Valentino; Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli Named Successors

This Just In! Alessandra Facchinetti Gets the Valentino Boot

UPDATE: Sadly, Facchinetti had no idea about her abrupt dismissal and learned "with deep regret from the press" about her departure from Valentino. “This news came as a great surprise since the company’s top management has not yet seen fit to inform me of the above,” said a sarcastic Facchinetti. According to sources, the designer was let go because of her inability to build a strong, cohesive team.

Alessandra Facchinetti's gig is up. In a dramatic fashion, immediately following its runway show, Valentino confirmed the swirling rumors regarding Facchinetti's leave and announced Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, longtime accessory designers at the house, as her successors. "Absolutely nothing was selling. The traditional Valentino customer was completely alienated," said a Valentino source.

Valentino fans and industry professionals are optimistic about the newly appointed successors. "Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are madly in love with the Valentino style," said Valentino Garavani intimate Carlos Souza. Another one bites the dust.


Join The Conversation
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
things like this happen though in the fashion world and we can only hope that the house is brought back to what it was all those years ago. i'm going to keep my eye on what comes out in the coming seasons to see if it's what i grew up adoring or if they are still a bit too far off base to get the sense of the brand.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I don't understand why though. She knows what she's doing. She started Valentino first collection last season safely because lets face it she has a lot on her plate. However she proved she knew and understood the Valentino Philosophy. This collection exudes Feminine style and grace like the brand has captured throughout years. I personally love those jeweled gloves.
vlada vlada 8 years
I thought her work was good, especially the couture collection. The board didn't really give her a chance.
Karen0193 Karen0193 8 years
the most ironic thing is that when Facchinetti leave gucci Frida Giannini also was the designer of accesories, and she've done a lovely job with gucci!! Maria & Pier Paolo the best of the lucks running the house, u deserve it!!
iRose iRose 8 years
OMG! When I saw her debut line last year, I didn't like it at all. I thought it was missing the Valentino touch. There was nothing sensual or feminine about it, the certain je ne sais quoi that Valentino had. Although it must be said that she was chosen to succeed so Mr. Valentino had to have seen something in her. Anyhoo, congrats to the successors.
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