Gucci names its new creative director

Speculations about who will take the reigns as Gucci’s new creative director can finally be put to rest, as the position has officially gone to Alessandro Michele. Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, and Joseph Altuzarra were among those rumored to be up for the lead role in the legendary house, but Michele, former head of accessories for the Italian luxury brand, has been promoted and he is not playing around.

It was announced at the end of last year that the 42-year-old designer’s predecessor, Frida Giannini, would be leaving the Gucci team in February (possibly because of the brand’s decline in sales, as reported by The Guardian), but she unexpectedly left just 10 days before the debut of the FW15 menswear collection. Michele, in all of his androgynous glory, worked with his team to revamp the entire collection in that short amount of time. He was met with a storm of applause when he took his bow at the end of the show, making it a sure success and setting high expectations for future collections.

Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s president and CEO, reported to WWD that, "Alessandro and [he] are fully aligned on this new contemporary vision needed by the brand and [they] will be continuously inspired by that new identity in [their] respective roles and duties." Sounds about right.

We can only imagine what Michele is going to do next for the FW15 womenswear collection, which will be showing in Milan next month. Be sure to check back with us for more fashion week coverage.

photo by (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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