Italian Fashion Boss Missing After Plane Disappears

Target shoppers may know work of Vittorio Missoni

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 5, 2013 11:50 AM CST

(Newser) – A top fashion executive in Italy is feared dead after the small tourist plane he was in disappeared off the Venezuela coast, reports Reuters. Vittorio Missoni, 58, who co-owns the fashion house started by his parents, was among six people aboard the craft that went missing yesterday. The search continued today. The Missoni house is famous for its colorful stripes and zigzags, and the New York Times notes that a collaboration with Target in 2011 was so popular it crashed the website.

In this photo taken in 2010, Vittorio Missoni poses for photographers in Milan, Italy.
In this photo taken in 2010, Vittorio Missoni poses for photographers in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo/Gian Mattia d'Alberto, Lapresse)
A model wears a creation part of the Missoni women's Spring-Summer 2012 collection.
A model wears a creation part of the Missoni women's Spring-Summer 2012 collection.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A model shows a creation part of the Missoni Spring-Summer 2011 fashion collection.
A model shows a creation part of the Missoni Spring-Summer 2011 fashion collection.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
In this Sept. 7, 2011, photo, Elizabeth Olsen attends an event in New York marking a Missoni collaboration with Target.
In this Sept. 7, 2011, photo, Elizabeth Olsen attends an event in New York marking a Missoni collaboration with Target.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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