Fashion executive Vittorio Missoni, his wife and four others, were declared missing this week after the plane they were flying on took off Friday afternoon and disappeared. Venezuelan air and sea rescue services were dispatched a short time after the plane vanished.
The fashion moguls jet took off from the resort of Los Roques, an archipelago off the coast.
Italian consul in Venezuela, Giovanni Davoli, told Reuters:
“It disappeared yesterday. They have been looking for it with helicopters and ships, but have not found anything yet. They are still searching for it this morning.”
Missoni is the oldest son of the founders of the fashion house which is renowned for its use of zigzag, bold stripes and colored knits. Missoni co-owns the company with siblings Luca and Angela. The siblings took over Missoni from parents Ottavio and Rosita in 1996 and since that they they have launched new Missoni retail stores and started the Missoni Home Collection. The company in 2011 was asked to create a new line of low-priced items for mega-retailer Target.
Missoni spokeswoman Maddalena Aspes tells Yahoo News:
“The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don’t know any more.”
On the Vogue Italia website a large banner now reads:
“Bring Vittorio Missoni home”.
The disappearance of Vittorio Missoni arrives during the company’s 60th year celebrations.
Our best wishes go out to the Missoni family as they await news about the fate of their loved ones.