Stefano Pilati is leaving Ermenegildo Zegna Couture

Are we looking at a possible candidate to take over at Dior and Lanvin?

By Andrea Tim | Published: 4 Feb 2016

Stefano leaves Zegna
Photo: Emanuele D'Angelo/BFA/TPG Images

After a 3-year tenure at Ermenegildo Zegna, Stefano Pilati is stepping down from his position as head of menswear couture. His final collection at the fashion house was for the AW16 season, presented at last month's Milan Menswear Fashion Week.

"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," he said in a statement. "I now wish to focus on other projects that I had put aside in order to achieve our common goals with Zegna Couture."

Prior to his appointment at Ermenegildo Zegna at the end of 2012, Stefano was creative director of Yves Saint Laurent from 2004 until 2012. With the creative director roles for Dior and Lanvin still open, it seems that Stefano is now primed to take over either Raf Simons or Alber Elbaz. The only catch is that Stefano said he intends to focus on "other projects," which have not yet been specified, but could mean that he will not have the time to pursue Dior or Lanvin. And so, the fashion world continues to wait with bated breath.

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