After more than twenty years as a dynamic duo at Valentino, Mara Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are no more. Valentino has confirmed that Chiuri has exited the label. Picciolo will stay on as the sole creative director while Chiuri is expected to fill the spot vacated at Dior by Raf Simons. According to Chiuri:
I thank Mr. Valentino Garavani and Mr. Giancarlo Giammetti for their support in these years and for everything that I have learned from them. I also thank Mr. Stefano Sassi and all the people who work within the Valentino maison for their support in these years. I have shared with Pierpaolo a great part of my professional life and it has been an experience made of many successful creative achievements together. I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge.