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Walter Chiapponi exits Blumarine after one season

Blumarine creative director Walter Chiapponi is exiting the luxury Italian brand after just one season at the design helm.

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Chiapponi was named creative director in November and unveiled his first collection for Blumarine last month during Milan Fashion Week. Chiapponi succeeded Nicola Brognano, who in October parted ways with the brand after four years.

The Milanese designer was previously creative director of Tod’s, exiting in September,  after leading the creative team for both men’s and women’s since 2019.

The designer started his career in the late 1990s with Alessandro Dell’Acqua and then collaborated with Givenchy, Valentino, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Bottega Veneta under former creative director, Tomas Maier.

In a statement, Marco Marchi, sole administrator of parent company Eccellenze Italiane Holding, thanked Chiapponi for his “vision and commitment,” after his departure.

Further explanation of his shock exit was not given.

“This was for me a sort of return to the future to which I dedicated all my love and my creative passion,” stated Chiapponi.

“In this path my gratitude goes first and foremost to Marco Marchi, who made it possible, but also to all those without whom wouldn’t have been able to express myself as I did. I am especially referring to people I have loved and who are no longer with us, but who continue to instill strong emotions in me, to inspire my feelings and my journey. I now want to concentrate on new initiatives and projects with a social and humanitarian scope before returning at a later date, at the right time, to the catwalk.”

In late 2019, Marchi acquired the Gruppo Blufin and its brands Blumarine, Blugirl, Anna Molinari and Be Blumarine from the founding Tarabini family.