It is official. Stefano Pilati is exiting the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, according to the New York Times. Pilati, who joined the Trivero, Italy-based Zegna in January 2013, came from Yves Saint Laurent, where he served as Hedi Slimane’s predecessor. According to a statement from Gildo Zegna, the chief executive of the Zegna Group, Mr. Pilati’s departure comes because “we wanted to develop a strong point of view in fashion, and for Zegna to be a show not to missed in Milan. We have reached this objective faster than expected.”
As Vanessa Friedman writes for the New York Times: "In other words: It was a project, and they finished it. And there is no question that Mr. Pilati, who made his name as creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, transformed Zegna into appointment fashion week viewing. But it seems to me three years is far too short a time to really reboot a brand’s image and solidify a new direction in consumers’s minds and closets, even in the slow-moving, detail-oriented world of men’s wear. Three years (effectively six collections) is more like a palate cleanser: A washing out of the old, and readying for the new."