Following the premature exit of Frida Giannini, Gucci has crowned Alessandro Michele as the brand’s new creative director.
Following weeks of speculation, Michele, its relatively unknown accessories designer, was announced by the brand as the talent that will lead the brand forward.
Earlier this week, he showed Gucci’s menswear collection in Milan, where he closed the show with a bow with the design team, with whom he had totally redesigned the collection in five days. His vision was one that blurred the lines of the traditional gender divide, and saw men sporting silken pussy-bow blouses and lace tops.
Gucci A/W 2015, Milan
Michele worked with Giannini as senior accessories designer at Fendi and then moved to Gucci in 2002. It was announced back in December that Giannini and her partner Patrizio di Marco were leaving Gucci after eight years at the helm. Like Michele, Giannini worked her way up the Gucci ranks. She joined Gucci in 2002 as the design director of handbags, and then following Tom Ford’s departure in 2004 became creative director of accessories in 2004 and creative director of womenswear in 2005.
Since Giannini’s departure was announced, rumours circulating in the press surrounding her successor have been rife, with names thrown into the ring including Riccardo Tisci, who is currently creative director at Givenchy, and even Tom Ford, who built the brand to dizzying heights of desirability during his tenure (1994-2004).
Michele will present his first womenswear show during Milan Fashion Week on 25th February. Meanwhile, Giannini’s final collection for the house is in store on Sloane Street now.