Alessandra Facchinetti, director of women's wear at luxury label Gucci, has resigned after a dispute with the company's management.

Gucci handbags and accessories designer Frida Giannini has replaced Facchinetti, one of three designers who took over the ready-to-wear-line when head designer Tom Ford quit last year.

Giannini will retain her current role alongside the new one.

Gucci suffered a string of executive resignations after Ford and chief executive officer Domenico De Sole left the company in 2004.