04:15 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 05/09/2013 10:20AM
Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear that has added a classy touch of color and style to countless well-dressed women, died Thursday in northern Italy. He was 92.
A statement issued by Missoni SpA said he "passed away serenely" in his home in the town of Sumirago on Thursday. The town, near the city of Varese, is also home to the company headquarters.
It was a second sorrow for the family in a matter of months. Earlier this year, Ottavio's eldest child, company CEO Vittorio Missoni, 58, disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane during a vacation to a Venezuelan island. They were never found, and the cause of the disappearance remains a mystery.
Originally posted 01/05/2013 10:30AM
A plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, commercial and marketing director for the fashion house his parents founded, is missing after disappearing Friday in Venezuela.
The Britten-Norman BN-2 – a small twin-engine airplane – took off from Los Roques headed to Maiquetia, but went off the radar after 10 nautical miles and never arrived at its destination, Venezuela's minister for justice and home affairs confirms.
Aboard were Missoni, 58, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple the pair had been vacationing with, and two crew members.
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