Alessandro Michele Hoists His Gucci Legacy, Stepping Down From The Iconic Brand
"What happens next for Gucci?"
"What happens next for Gucci?"
Text: Maddie Street
An inimitable sculptor and intangible mind, sources announced today that Alessandro Michele would be resigning from role with historic design house, Gucci. Pulling at the heartstrings of creative connoisseurs across the globe, Michele's design acumen is one that cannot be duplicated - undeniably leaving the industry in shambles. "What happens next for Gucci?" We look to Kering for answers. An unbeknownst shaker within the design world, the French Luxury group houses industry heavyweights Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. When asked for further commentary regarding Michele's departure, Kering released a press statement sharing a quote from Michele.
The designer shared, “There are times when paths part ways because of the different perspectives each one of us may have. 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. During this long period Gucci has been my home, my adopted family. To this extended family, to all the individuals who have looked after and supported it, I send my most sincere thanks, my biggest and most heartfelt embrace. Together with them I have wished, dreamed, imagined. Without them, none of what I have built would have been possible. To them goes my most sincerest wish: may you continue to cultivate your dreams, the subtle and intangible matter that makes life worth living. May you continue to nourish yourselves with poetic and inclusive imagery, remaining faithful to your values. May you always live by your passions, propelled by the wind of freedom.”
In an industry reliant on foundations of avant-garde aesthetics and eclectic approaches, there is one thing we can all agree on. Michele went out with a bang. If you are unaware of what I am referring to, we divert your attention to Gucci's prior Spring Summer 2023 "Twinsburg" debut at Milan Fashion Week. On September 23rd, Michele exhibited one of the memorable fashion debut's in history, casting 68 sets of identical twins onto the Gucci runway. A homage to his unconventional childhood and "twin mums" he expelled on his fascination with twin-ship. His final debut mirrored (and revolutionized) Micheles transcendent vision, underling his coveted design praxis that he applied to the house for over seven years.
A maestro of maximalist, intellectual, androgynous menswear designs (as seen on Harry Styles and Jared Leto), Michele's iconoclastic approach has driven him to be coined as one of the most instrumental forces in the industry. Having signed aboard as Gucci's creative director in 2015 - after serving alongside Fendi, Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford - Michele has been solely responsible for expanding Gucci's vision into the legacy that it is today. Coined as a "historicist of garments," arguing that clothes may never be rendered meaningless but rather exude historical context, Michele's everlasting imprint on contemporary fashion induces an archetype for years to come.
View Alessandro Michele's Final Gucci "Twinsburg" Show Here: