Speculation mounts over who will take the reins at Gucci following the dismissal of CEO Patrizio di Marco and creative director Frida Giannini. Fashion insiders say Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane tops a short list being considered by parent company Kering owner François-Henri Pinault to take Giannini’s role.
Page Six, who was first to exclusively report that top Gucci executives and power couple di Marco and Giannini would exit Gucci after sales continually slumped, now say they hear that Slimane — who revamped Saint Laurent since taking over in 2012 — is a top contender.
Other names on Kering’s list include Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. But sources say that he’s locked into his contract at Givenchy for years, and would be difficult to change. Another designer being considered is American Joseph Altuzarra, after Kering took a stake in his namesake company last year. Speculation had been building that Pinault’s firm could be grooming him for a bigger position.
Giannini will leave Gucci after she presents her fall 2015 collection in Milan in March. Di Marco, with whom Giannini has a child, is being replaced by Marco Bizzarri on January 1, 2015.
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