Azzaro has announced that Bianca Brandolini and Eugénie Niarchos will collaborate with the atelier on a spring haute couture collection reports WWD.

The socialites will work with the Paris-based design house as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this year, basing the collection on Azzaro’s archive designs.

Niarchos, the granddaughter of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, has already designed two capsule collections of costume jewelry for the house, before going on to launch her own fine jewelry collection, Venyx, in 2013.

Brandolini, the granddaughter of socialite Cristiana Agnelli and Count Brandolino Brandolini d’Adda, has appeared in ad campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and Sergio Rossi and collaborated with the footwear company on a shoe line.

The collection will be presented on January 25 during Paris Couture Week at Place Vendôme.

[And do note this: the House of Azzaro has been without a designer since June, when former artistic directors Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro left their roles after three years with the house.]


But this is, of curse, not the first time that this truly talented bunch of friends is taking us by surprise. And it certainly won’t be the last. Have you read the exclusive interview of Eugenie Niarchos and Noor Fares? You should!