One of the most notable luxury fashion brands is getting a shake-up.
Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director since 2015, is stepping down, the Italian fashion house revealed on Wednesday.
Although the brand did not give a reason for the move, the Rome-based designer said in a statement: “There are times when paths diverge due to different perspectives that each of us may have.”
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, and Marco Bizzarri, chairman and CEO of Gucci, both expressed their gratitude for Michael’s time with the brand.
“I had the opportunity to meet Alessandro in late 2014, and since then we have had the pleasure of working together as Gucci has charted its successful path over the past eight years. I am grateful for his 20-year commitment to Gucci and his vision, devotion and unconditional love for this unique house during his tenure as creative director. Bizzarri said in his own statement that he would like to thank him.
Michael has been with Gucci since 2002, starting in the design office and assisting the creative department. During her time as creative director, she styled many celebrities, including a memorable moment at the 2019 Met Gala, where Jared Leto and the creative director wore matching looks. Most recently, Michael’s Gucci show at Milan Fashion Week 2022 caught the attention of social media, with 68 pairs of identical twins dressed in matching looks walking the runway.
Michael thanked and praised the Gucci family, “Today marks the end of an extraordinary journey for me, lasting more than 20 years, to which I have tirelessly dedicated all my love and creative passion. During this long period, Gucci has been my home, my adopted family. To this extended family, who have cared for and To all the people who have supported me, I send my most sincere thanks, my biggest and most heartfelt hugs. With them I have wished, dreamed, imagined. Without them, nothing I have built would have been possible. My most sincere wish goes to them: May you continue to grow your dreams, the subtleties that make life worth living. And abstract matter. Stay true to your values, may you continue to feed yourself with poetic and inclusive imagery. May you always live with your passion, be inspired by the winds of freedom.
Mitchell’s replacement has not yet been named.