Italy-based design house Emilio Pucci has appointed British fashion favourite Matthew Williamson as its new designer, replacing Christian Lacroix who is leaving the company.

Williamson will still design his own-name range when he takes over from Lacroix, who showcased his final collection with the house last week.

Williamson's first range with Pucci will be featured at autumn/winter 2007 shows in February.

Lacroix headed Pucci design for three years.