Gucci Names Alessandro Michele as New Creative Director

In the most watched piece of fashion news this year: Who would succeed Frida Giannini at Gucci, there is finally an answer, although it comes at no surprise. Gucci has confirmed that head accessories designer, Alessandro Michele, will serve as its new creative director. The full statement from Gucci is included at the bottom.

Michele, 42, has been at the label over a decade, since 2002, and worked closely with Giannini during her tenure. The announcement comes just in time to for Milan Fashion Week taking place next month, where the designer will have a chance to wow fashion critics with his first womenswear collection for Gucci. Expect the collection to reflect his change in direction.

Following the surprise announcement that former creative director Frida Giannini was out, the names of prospective replacements began circulating, but who would it be? Riccardo Tisci’s hat was thrown in the ring early on, as was Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane. Seeming to make the most sense with Saint Laurent & Gucci falling under parent company Kering. Even Tom Ford’s name was brought into the mix, but would he ever return. When Giannini decided to make an abrupt departure one month early, news came this week that the Fall 2015 menswear collection at Milan Men's Fashion Week had been completely redesigned under Michele's leadership. He also took a symbolic bow at the end of Monday's show, leaving no room for interpretation. 

"Throughout its history, Gucci has always created attention and excitement through its innovative and distinctive products and collections as it has become Italy's most renowned fashion house and one of the most iconic and prominent luxury brands in the world," François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, added. "Alessandro Michele has both the qualities and the vision necessary to bring a new contemporary perspective to Gucci and lead the brand into an exciting new creative chapter of its history."

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GUCCI OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

"After a considered and thorough selection process, Alessandro Michele has been chosen to assume the role as Gucci creative director, based upon the contemporary vision he has articulated for the brand that he will now bring to life," Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, said. "Alessandro and I are fully aligned on this new contemporary vision needed by the brand and we will be continuously inspired by that new identity in our respective roles and duties. Alessandro's talent and his knowledge of the company and the design teams in place will for sure allow him to move quickly and seamlessly in implementing his new creative direction for the collections and the brand. The Gucci men's autumn/winter 2015 collection presented on January 19, which was realised thanks to a remarkable collaboration between the men's design and production teams, is a clear indication that the brand is ready to take a new direction."