Romeo Gigli designer quits just before Milan shows

MILAN Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:03am EDT

MILAN (Reuters Life!) - Gentucca Bini has quit as the designer at Italian fashion house Romeo Gigli, she said on Wednesday, just over a week before the womenswear shows start in Milan.

In a brief e-mail statement, Bini said she had worked as artistic director for the brand for two years and boosted its value.

Bini is expected to give more details later on Wednesday.

Romeo Gigli is owned by Italian company Mood Srl.

Bini brought a light-hearted, idiosyncratic touch to her designs for Gigli, with models regularly dancing and twirling down the catwalk and blowing kisses at the audience.

Her designs were often loose-fitting, baggy and more arts student than her Milan competitors such as Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani.

(Reporting by Jo Winterbottom, editing by Paul Casciato)