And exhale! It looks like Gianfranco Ferré is finally wiping its eyes, picking up the pieces, and getting the house in order. We had our worries when, just moments before Fashion Week, the house suddenly dismissed head designer Lars Nilsson before he'd even completed a single collection. But today WWD confirms that, as suspected, the boys behind 6267 are likely taking over:
Ferré is today expected to tap 6267 duo Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi as creative directors of the brand, according to sources.… The 6267 duo has quickly garnered media and commercial recognition with their line, launched in 2005, and have been pivotal in the relaunch of the Malo brand, owned by IT Holding Group, which also controls Ferré.
Taking over an established label and doing something new with it while maintaining the old aesthetic is always difficult, but we have faith in these boys. After all, Cathy Horyn recently wrote a glowing profile of the duo praising them for their fine craftsmanship. Besides, Ferré would be hard-pressed to send something riskier down the runway than the designerless collection that walked last Fashion Week.