Pierpaolo Piccioli Exits Valentino

The Italian designer ends his 25-year stint at the House and joins the list of creative directors departing their roles.

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The fashion industry is experiencing a reset like never before, with Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli added to the list of creative directors departing their roles.

This morning, it was announced that Piccioli and Valentino will part ways after 25 years at the House. WWD revealed the news with the following statement issued by Valentino: “Not all stories have a beginning or an end, some live a kind of eternal present that shines so bright that it won’t produce any shadows. I’ve been in this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I’ve existed and I’ve lived with the people who have woven the weaves of this beautiful story that is mine and ours.

Everything existed and exists thanks to the people I met, with whom I worked, with whom I shared dreams and created beauty, with whom I built something that belongs to all, and that remains immutable and tangible. This heritage of love, dreams, beauty and humanity, I carry it with me, today and forever.

This is the beauty that we have created: life, hope, opportunity and gratitude, and my people, my heart, and the love that gives you all the possibilities of the world, especially those that you could not imagine alone. Thanks to Mr. Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti who have blessed me with their trust, thanks to every single person who made this possible in one way or another, it was a privilege and an honor to share my journey, and my dreams, with you,” Pierpaolo Piccioli stated.

The designer has undoubtedly changed the face of Valentino, joining the House in 1999 alongside Maria Grazia Chiuri to promote the brand’s accessories line. Nine years later, the duo were named joint creative directors following Alessandra Facchinetti’s exit from the ready-to-wear division. While Chiuri took the helm of Dior in 2016, Piccioli became the sole creative Director of Valentino, rejuvenating the brand focused on modern silhouettes that attracted youthful audiences with an elevated and inclusive approach.

Valentino’s recent fascination with PP Pink is accredited to his creative vision, stepping out of traditional masculine tropes for his Fall/Winter 2024 menswear collection at Paris Fashion Week. His most recent runway was drenched in all-black and packed with couture edge dictated by the designer’s perception of the here and now.

“I am grateful to Pierpaolo for his role as creative director and for his vision, commitment and creativity that have brought the Maison Valentino to what it stands for today,” said chief executive officer Jacopo Venturini.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to Pierpaolo for writing an important chapter in the history of the Maison Valentino. His contribution over the past 25 years will leave an indelible mark,” concluded Rachid Mohamed Rachid, chairman of Valentino.

Piccioli’s replacement has not been announced, but speculation has risen that Valentino is eyeing Gucci alum Alessandro Michele — likely looking to introduce his signature virality.

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