Published on March 31, 2024, 12:27 pm

Valentino Welcomes Alessandro Michele As New Creative Director

Valentino has appointed former Gucci designer Alessandro Michele as its new creative director following Pierpaolo Piccioli’s recent departure. Michele, aged 51 and hailing from Rome, had a successful 20-year tenure at Gucci before becoming the brand’s creative director in 2015.

Renowned for his eclectic and flamboyant style, Michele played a key role in driving growth at Gucci initially but then surprisingly left the brand at the close of 2022. Valentino’s Chairman Rachid Mohamed Rachid described the appointment of Alessandro Michele as a significant moment for Maison Valentino.

Michele is set to commence his role next week from Rome, where Valentino’s headquarters are located. In response to his appointment, Michele expressed deep honor and pledged to honor the legacy of Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti through his creative vision.

His inaugural collection is scheduled to debut during Paris Fashion Week for the Spring-Summer 2025 collections following Valentino’s cancellation of its June fashion shows after Piccioli’s departure, renowned for his bold use of colors and romantic designs.

Last year saw Kering acquire a 30% stake in Valentino from Qatari investment fund Mayhoola with an option to purchase the rest within five years. Meanwhile, Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering, expressed eagerness to witness Michele’s impact on Valentino.

Gucci, under Kering’s umbrella, enlisted Sabato de Sarno from Valentino to succeed Mr. Michele and bring a fresh aesthetic to the brand. De Sarno’s approach represents a departure from Michele’s flamboyance, introducing more understated glamor in his initial runway shows in Milan.

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