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Tarlazzi To Be Laroche Successor

February 24, 1989

PARIS (AP) _ Italian-born Angelo Tarlazzi will succeed Guy Laroche as haute couture designer at the house of Laroche, the house announced Thursday.

Laroche died Feb. 17 at age 67 after a 2 1/2 -year bout with cancer. He personally designated Tarlazzi as his successor. Already well-known in the fashion world, Tarlazzi heads his own Paris design firm.

″This is the first time a couturier chose a designer to carry on his work before he died,″ said Philippe Serre, president of the Tarlazzi company. He noted that the contract was drawn up in December according to Laroche’s wishes.

Tarlazzi, 45, was in Italy when the appointment was announced and was not available for comment.

Tarlazzi will continue to design his own ready-to-wear and menswear under his own name. With exclusive shops in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Osaka, his company does $40 million in business annually, according to Serre.

Tarlazzi is planning to launch a less expensive line, Tarlazzi II, to be distributed by Laroche.

The Italian started his career at the house of Carosa in Rome when he was l9 and later worked for the house of Patou and other fashion houses before launching his own luxury ready-to-wear line in 1977.

Tarlazzi became known for chic knitwear as well as sexy, feminine cocktail clothes.

Tarlazzi’s style is not expected to veer into the eccentric at Laroche, which is known for classic sophistication rather than zany innovation.

Laroche always chose the practical path of elegance over experimental designs. His couture and luxury ready-to-wear are tremendously popular, helping to make the fashion house one of the most financially successful in Paris.

″But don’t expect any imitation of Guy Laroche clothes from Tarlazzi,″ said Serre. ″He will leave his own imprint on the collections.″

Tarlazzi’s own luxury ready-to-wear collection for next winter is slated to be unveiled on March 17 during the ready-to-wear showings for next winter.

The Laroche ready-to-wear, to be shown March 21, is being designed by Guy Douvier, who will stay on as ready-to-wear designer, a job he has filled for the past 15 years.

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