When P&G closed the fashion side of Rochas in '06, I was heartbroken. The blow was softened somewhat after creative director Olivier Theyskens began designing for Nina Ricci, but it still seemed a shame for the house to be shut down on account of inspired demicouture that did not sell well in the ready-to-wear market. Fortunately, P&G has just licensed Rochas to Italian clothing manufacturer Gibo, and a collection is due in March '09.
Any guesses as to who the new creative director will be? Theyskens is a hard act to follow.