LONDON, United Kingdom — Stefano Pilati will step down from his position as head of design for Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, the designer and the Ermenegildo Zegna Group confirmed today. The designer’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, presented last month in Milan, was his last for the house.
"I want to thank Stefano for his contribution to Ermenegildo Zegna. We wanted to develop a strong point of view in fashion as well as style, and for Zegna to be a show not to be missed in Milan. We have reached this objective faster than expected. As we move on to write new chapters in Zegna’s development, I wish Stefano well for his future endeavours," said Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Zegna Group in a statement.
Pilati, who has been in the position for three years, added: “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.”
The news is the third designer exit from a European menswear house this week. On Monday, Italian fashion house Brioni announced the departure of its creative director Brendan Mullane, while Paris-based menswear label Berluti confirmed that designer Alessandro Sartori will exit the company.