Gucci’s Creative director Alessandro Michele is reportedly set to leave the Italian luxury label. It comes after Michele failed to ‘initiate a strong design shift’ at the storied fashion house as per the report.
According to another source, François-Henri Pinault, the Chair and CEO of parent company Kering, is looking for a change of pace at Gucci.
Michele took over as Creative Director of the label in January 2015, and during this entire journey, he has overseen many iconic looks and moments, such as his recent S/S ’23 show at Milan Fashion Week, where he sent 68 pairs of identical twins dressed in matching outfits down the runway, which was a huge hit with the fashion community.
Gucci has been continuously setting records as ‘the world’s hottest brand’ according to the quarterly Lyst Index, which rates brands based on a mix of social media mentions, searches, page views, interactions and sales.
Michele’s gender-fluid approach (Gucci has presented men’s and women’s collections together since 2017) and use of an eclectic cacophony of prints, colours and textures drew a new generation of younger consumers in Europe, the United States and China.
Loafers with furry linings featuring horse-bit hardware and cross-body bags adorned with the double G logo quickly went viral.
Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Dakota Johnson and Jodie Turner-Smith were among his legions of celebrity fans during his reign.