Gucci has finally confirmed that its head accessories designer, Alessandro Michele, is now the company’s new creative director.
According to Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci:
“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. 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.”
Stepping down from the role is Frida Giannini. Alessandro Michele has worked for Gucci since 2002, and was a close advisor to Frida Giannini.
The search for a new creative director brought many famous names into the mix, including Tom Ford.
Earlier in the week it was revealed that Gucci’s entire 2015 menswear collection had been completely redesigned under Michele’s leadership. He also took the final bow at the end of Monday’s show.
Michele’s first womenswear line will debut at Milan Fashion Week next month.
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