Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi out at Gianfranco Ferré
For once the latest startling designer news doesn't concern John Galliano, but rather the creative directors at Gianfranco Ferré. Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi have reportedly been ousted from their roles within the label by its new Dubai-based owner, Paris Group. A source told WWD the reason is that "sales didn't go well at all and the designers have already left."
Paris Group took over the reigns in February, with owner Abdulkader Sankari and his son Ahmed remaining tight-lipped about the label's future while attending the Ferré show in Milan. At one point Galliano was even linked to Ferré as a new possible creative director, although the label denies this.
Speaking of the fashion house's troubles, an anonymous retailer revealed: "We bought a minimal amount of the collection for the sake of carrying the brand, but there simply were not enough samples. There was almost no daywear and eveningwear was fairy tale, like something for the Oscars. It may work for a small, niche brand, but not for such a global brand."
Perhaps explaining why Aquilano and Rimondi were ejected, Michele Giglio, owner of several Italian boutiques in Palermo, added: "They are very talented, but they have not had the chance to express this talent because they were asked to revisit Ferré's archives, but Ferré died bringing his art and heritage with him, and it's a mistake to continue following old patterns."