Stefano Pilati former creative director to the famed fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has landed not one but two new jobs. Recently signing on to join another influential fashion brand, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, which specializes in men’s tailoring and is a textile powerhouse. The famous designer has creatively been designing for YSL for ten years most recently, but also for the likes of Giorgio Armani, where he designed menswear, and to Miuccia Prada, where he ran fabric research as an assistant designer. Despite his hand in turning the design house to a profiting goldmine and creating the successful Muse and Cabas Chyc handbags, Pilati was met with harsh criticism and eventually made his final collection for YSL last March in Paris, subsequently being replaced by Hedi Slimane. Since then it has recently been confirmed that the 47-year old designer was hired on as the creative director of Agnona which is the women’s luxury ready-to-wear and accessory line, as well as head of design at Ermenegildo Zegna. Pilati’s role will not only include running the labels catwalk fashion shows but also the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection as well.
Gildo Zegna, CEO of the Zegna Group had this to say about Pilati’s role in the brands future. “I’m thrilled to have Stefano in our Group as he brings great talent, invaluable experience and enormous enthusiasm. We have ambitious plans for Agnona, and we strongly believe that under his creative leadership we will be able to develop this little jewel into a global brand.” The fashion house stated that Pilati will start his new roles on January 1 of 2013. Pilati’s menswear collection for Zegna is said to debut June of next year, coinciding with the launch of his first cruise collection for Agnona. We are excited to see what his future for the brand will produce and look forward to the upcoming collections!