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Alessandro Michele steps down as the creative director of Gucci

Alessandro Michele is stepping down from his position as Gucci’s creative director. It will bring an end to his eight-year tenure that helped the fashion house redefine its code with gender fluidity.

Here is everything you need to know.

Alessandro Michele announces his departure from Gucci

Kering SA, which owns Gucci, announced on Wednesday that Alessandro Michele is leaving his role as the fashion house’s creative director.

Furthermore, the statement read that Michele played, a fundamental part in making the brand what it is today through his groundbreaking creativity while staying true to the renowned codes of the House.’

Meanwhile, Michele said released a statement to address his departure from the brand.

It read, ‘There are times when paths part ways because of the different perspectives each one of us may have.’

He further said, ‘Today an extraordinary journey ends for me, lasting more than twenty years, within a company to which I have tirelessly dedicated all my love and creative passion.’

Additionally, Marco Bizzarri, the CEO and president of Gucci expressed his gratitude towards Michele.

He thanked the 49-year-old designer, ‘for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci, and for his vision, devotion and unconditional love for this unique house.’

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Why is Alessandro Michele leaving Gucci?

According to Womenswear Daily, Alessandro Michele decided to step down from his position after he failed to meet the company’s request to ‘initiate a strong design shift.’

Moreover, the report stated that Gucci’s parent Kering’s chairman, Francois-Henri Pinault was looking to revamp the fashion house. 

However, Michele has issued ‘different perspectives’ as the reason behind his exit.

If you didn’t know, Gucci announced Michele as the creative director back in January 2015. The announcement came days after he led a creative team for a menswear show following the predecessor’s hasty departure.

Meanwhile, Michele has turned stellar revenues for Gucci for most of his tenure. However, he recently came under the scrutiny of Kerings after underperforming rivals.

Besides that, Michele led Gucci campaigns for celebrities such as Dakota Johnson, Harry Styles, and Lana Del Ray. In addition, he dressed Billie Eilish, Florence Welch, Jared Leto, and the Italian rock band Maneskin.

In the meantime, Kering is yet to unveil Michele’s replacement but did hint that new changes lie ahead in the future of the fashion house. 

Moreover, the press release of the conglomerate suggested that the design office of Gucci will overlook the brand’s output until the announcement of a ‘new creative director.’

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