From The Straits Times    |

Schiaparelli’s first collection will be debuted later than expected.

Earlier this year, owner of Italian leather goods company Tod’s Diego Della Valle confirmed he will be re-launching the iconic fashion house. It was reported the first line would be shown in January 2013, although that has now been moved back.

Schiaparelli spokeswoman Farida Khelfa confirmed the looks won’t be ready by early next year, as Diego is yet to settle on a designer for the label.

“We hope soon,” WWD quotes French model-and-actress Farida as saying.

The spokeswoman discussed the fashion house at an event in honour of curator Dilys Blum, who has written a book about late designer Elsa Schiaparelli. She was happy to talk about why the fashion label didn’t work out first time around.

“She went bankrupt,” Dilys said simply.

Farida was named the label’s spokesperson earlier this year, a job she was thrilled with. She quickly said she wanted to be heavily involved with the re-launch and not just a muse.

“So much that Elsa Schiaparelli did is still relevant now. She’s the DNA of fashion – it is a magical label,” Farida said, before adding why she doesn’t feel comfortable being called a muse. “It implies you don’t really do any work, that you just float around.”

Shortly after Diego confirmed he was bringing the label back, it was claimed John Galliano might head it up. – COVER MEDIA