Alessandro Michele Gucci
MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 24: Designer Alessandro Michele walks the runway at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016/17 on February 24, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D’aprano/Getty Images)

After sitting at the helm of Gucci for seven years, creative director Alessandro Michele is set to exit the Italian fashion house. Women’s Wear Daily reported on rumours this week citing unnamed sources before Kering, the parent company of Gucci, confirmed the news today.

Michele was plucked from obscurity, the accessories department under former creative director Frida Giannini, and appointed the prestigious role in 2015. The Italian designer was hired by CEO Marco Bizzarri to revive the creative vision and sales, revealing his debut collection for Fall 2015. He presented his final collection at Milan Fashion Week in September where he spectacularly sent 68 identical twins down the runway for Spring/Summer 2023.

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci at the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan’s Fashion Week on February 25, 2015 in Milan. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

“I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alessandro at the end of 2014, since then we have had the pleasure to work closely together as Gucci has charted its successful path over these last eight years,” Bizzarri said in an official statement. “I would like to thank him for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci and for his vision, devotion, and unconditional love for this unique House during his tenure as Creative Director.”

According to WWD, Michele was asked by Kering execs to steer the creative flair of Gucci in a new direction which he apparently failed to do so. It is not known who will take the helm in his place.

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: Models walk the runway of the Gucci Twinsburg Show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 on September 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Gucci)

The luxury fashion industry has been rocked by a number of significant changes this year. The exit of Riccardo Tisci from Burberry; Matthieu Blazy’s appointment at Bottega Veneta; and this week, news that Raf Simons is closing his namesake label. No doubt it arrives as fashion finds its feet in a post-pandemic era.

Stay tuned for further developments