Valentino creative director Alessandra Facchinetti has been sacked from her post amid a bitter war of words with the fashion label's founder, Valentino Garavani.

Just a day after showing only her second collection for the Italian house during Paris Fashion Week, Facchinetti was fired - but complained that the media was told of her departure before she was.

Facchinetti was appointed to the creative director's role following the retirement of Garavani at the beginning of this year, but rumours were rife in the run-up to the Valentino show last week that her days were numbered.

Valentino said she was leaving because of creative differences, adding: "Her creative contribution and sophisticated talent were greatly appreciated."

Facchinetti is replaced by Valentino stalwarts Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who have been with the designer for more than ten years.

"It was with deep regret that I learnt from the Press that I would no longer be working with Valentino," said Facchinetti.

"This news came as a great surprise… I would like to thank Valentino for showing their appreciation of my 'creative contribution and sophisticated talent', although I deeply regret the fact that this talent and contribution do not appear to have been adequately acknowledged."

Giancarlo Giammetti, Garavani's partner, described the decision to sack Facchinetti as "wise", arguing that her attempts to transform the trademark Valentino style were "a loss from the start".

And Garavani himself added his support for Chiuri and Piccioli, saying: "There is an existing archive with thousands of dresses, where they can draw and take inspiration from, to create a Valentino product that is relevant today.

"It is a shame that their predecessor didn't feel this need. I wish them every success."