Sabato De Sarno, an Italian fashion designer, has been appointed the next creative director of Gucci and will present his debut line in September during Milan Fashion Week.
De Sarno has previously held positions as fashion director at Valentino, where he oversaw both men’s and women’s designs. He has also worked for Prada, Dolce & Gabbana.
After Alessandro Michele abruptly left the position in November, after almost eight years during which he reinvented the brand’s rules with gender-fluid, passionate, and diverse styles, anticipation about his replacement has been rife.
De Sarno, a Neapolitan, will work for Gucci as soon as his current commitments are over and will be in charge of all the company’s collections.
“I am delighted that Sabato will join Gucci as the house’s new creative director, one of the most influential roles in the luxury experience,” said Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci.
De Sarno said, “I am touched and excited to contribute my creative vision for the brand.”