Natalie Ratabesi, a Central Saint Martins-trained designer, has been appointed to lead Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. The move sees the brands founder step away from her design duties at Philosophy in favour of focussing on her main line.
I felt that the time had come to give Philosophy a more independent and autonomous vision, allowing me to dedicate myself entirely to the Alberta Ferretti collection and other related projects, Ferretti said in a statement.
Ratabesi, who previously held design roles with Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Gucci, will showcase her first designs for the Italian brand at New York Fashion Week in early 2013.
Its an honour for me to accept this opportunity I was given, Ratabesi said.
I have always marvelled at Alberta Ferrettis enduring aesthetic, her clean and contemporary elegance, and it is my desire to project Philosophys unique, timeless style and effortless femininity, which have always distinguished the brand, into the future.