Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco will leave the fashion house, the brand's parent company, Kering, announced today. Giannini, who joined Gucci in 2006, will exit after the spring 2015 ready-to-wear collections show in February, while di Marco will bow out on January 1 after six years with the company.
According to Kering, a successor for Giannini will be named after the February shows, but the hunt is already on. WWD reports that among those rumored to be in the running for the job of creative director are Givenchy creative director and Kim Kardashian bestie, Riccardo Tisci, and designer Joseph Altuzarra, which would make some sense considering Kering holds a minority stake in Altuzarra's company. We never comment on rumors. All I can say is the recruitment is under way, a spokesperson for Kering told WWD when asked about Tisci.
A big game of fashion house musical chairs just ended, but this move will surely set off another wave of shifts in the industry. And expect to see some noted Gucci fans (Blake Lively? Salma Hayek?) at Giannini's last show in Milan on February 25.