The fashion world is no stranger to big designer shakeups, with a musical chairs game being played by the industry’s biggest brands over the last few years. Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller, Hedi Slimane and Daniel Lee, to name a few, have all been players in this circulatory game, swapping posts with each other and revamping a brand’s vision along the way. Today, we’re coming at you with news of the latest change that was just announced yesterday. Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo Paul Andrew will be exiting his role at the brand this spring.
British-born Andrew had worked alongside a handful of iconic designers like Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Donna Karan before he branched out on his own, debuting a collection of luxury shoes in 2013. Then in 2016, he was appointed Design Director of women’s shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo and just over a year later the designer was promoted to Creative Director of womenswear and shoes. Finally in 2019, he was given the title of Creative Director across all categories and collections.
Now, Business of Fashion, announces his departure after five years with Ferragamo, amidst a company shakeup that includes a revamp of the company’s board. The designer’s Pre-Spring 2022 collection will be his last, set to be completed before his May departure, BoF stated. What’s next for both Andrew and Ferragamo has yet to come to light, but if the last few years are any indication of what’s to come, the brand could be following the lead of the likes of Bottega Veneta, who succeeded in setting out to modernize in hopes of winning over the hearts and minds of millennial and Gen Z consumers. It will be interesting to see who Ferragamo chooses as the successor of Paul Andrew.[image via paulandrew.com]