Just two days after Raf Simons confirmed that the SS23 collection from his eponymous label would be the last, the fashion world has been rocked again by the news that Alessandro Michele is leaving Gucci after seven years.
Rumours have been circulating that the Roman designer was parting ways with the Italian fashion giant, but this evening a statement from luxury group Kering confirmed the news.
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The statement credits Michele for "playing a fundamental part in making the brand what it is today through his groundbreaking creativity."
President and CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri said: "I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alessandro at the end of 2014, since then we have had the pleasure to work closely together as Gucci has charted its successful path over these last eight years. I would like to thank him for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci and for his vision, devotion, and unconditional love for this unique House during his tenure as Creative Director."
Who is Alessando Michele?
Michele joined Gucci as creative director on 21st January 2015 and had been working with the house since 2002 after being invited to do so by former creative director, Tom Ford (1994-2004). Marco Bizzari asked him to step in as interim creative designer in 2015, and Michele was appointed for the role full time almost immediately after.
What was his impact on the brand?
His first solo stint was a women's collection for the AW15 season, where Michele cemented his eccentricity and gender nonconformity would be at the heart of his creative direction – much different to that of his predecessor Frida Giannini. During his seven year run, he collaborated with streetwear brands such as Adidas and Palace, and stars such as Harry Styles, who adorned his androgynous agenda.
What's next for the fashion house?
There's been no news of Gucci’s next steps just yet. The statement finalised the news by explaining that the House will continue on this path until a new creative organisation is announced.
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