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Stuart Weitzman Exits Creative Director Role

American footwear designer Stuart Weitzman will leave the position to the very experienced accessory designer Giovanni Morelli.

Aug 11, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

There never seems to be a dull moment in the fashion world, which is as it should be. This week, after 25 prolific years as a creative designer and executive chairman, Stuart Weitzman is stepping down to make way for Giovanni Morelli, whose appointment will be effective May 2017.

Morelli, whose extensive portfolio includes big names the likes of Prada, Marc Jacobs and Spanish leather marque Loewe, will bring 25 years of experience to the design table. Weitzman won’t be completely out of the picture though, the American designer will continue to oversee the business as chairman. The company still bears his name, even after he sold it to Coach in 2015 so why wouldn’t he stay involved somehow.

“In Giovanni, we have found a creative director who will ensure that the unique DNA of the brand will be preserved while infusing his creative vision for a modern age,” Weitzman said in a statement.

Weitzman’s shoes have had many a major red-carpet moment. Actress Laura Harring wore the Million Dollar heels to the Academy Awards in 2002 – a 464-diamond embellished pair of heels that cost, well, $1 million (certainly no false advertising there). Two years later, he commissioned the Two Million Dollar heels for Alison Krauss at the 2004 Academy Awards, adorned with 565 Kwiat diamonds set in platinum.

Interestingly, Weitzman is also quite an accomplished and noted stamp collector, being the owner of the British Guiana 1c magenta, arguably the world’s most famous stamp. And so ends our unrelated trivia digression…

Find out more about the departure and some of his best campaigns at L’ now.

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