Massimiliano Giornetti is leaving Salvatore Ferragamo. He’s the fourth designer to leave a Milanese house this year.
On Thursday, a little less than two months after Berluti, Brioni, and Zegna parted ways with the guys in charge of their menswear, Salvatore Ferragamo announced that its own creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti, is leaving the house.
Giornetti, who joined Ferragamo’s menswear team in 2000 and took control of both men’s and women’s design in 2011, is a gifted designer known for his particular talent for outerwear and, of late, his use of color and pattern. His penultimate collection for the house, Fall 2016, was wholly inspired by a pair of paint-splattered Ferragamo oxfords once owned by Andy Warhol.
This year has seen several high-profile designers leave their houses, but a number of those positions have already been filled. Brioni announced on Wednesday that it replaced Brendan Mullane with Justin O’Shea; Alessandro Sartori left Berluti for Zegna after Stefano Pilati left that house; Bouchra Jarrar took up for Alber Elbaz at Lanvin after he was unceremoniously dismissed from his role in the driver’s seat there.
This latest shake-up puts Giornetti on the growing list of talented designers who aren’t connected to a specific house. And with so many free agents in fashion (and a handful of plum gigs open, like the vacant offices at Berluti and Dior), we’d be willing to bet that the next few years are going to be exciting.