Alessandro Michele rumoured to be replacing Frida Giannini at Gucci
Alessandro Michele (pictured above) is said to be in the shortlist for one of the most coveted roles in the industry – to replace Frida Giannini at Gucci, following her shock departure late last year.
Michele has been a longtime collaborator of Giannini's, joining the Gucci design team in 2002, and becoming associate to the then creative director in 2011. Michele was directly responsible for the leather goods, shoes, jewellery and home collections.
In September 2014 Michele was named creative director of Richard Ginori, the Gucci-owned porcelain brand, and the designer was intrinsic in creating its new store concept in Florence that was unveiled in June. The talent has also held previous roles at Fendi and is said to be a coveted player in the industry amongst those in the know.
Giannini will exit the Gucci fashion house in February following her swan song for the Italian fashion house – her final collection for Autumn/Winter 2015. Gucci’s chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco, and Giannini’s partner (and father of her child), also handed in his notice and has already exited the company. Di Marco was immediately succeeded by Marco Bizzarri, previously head of Kering’s luxury couture and leather goods division.
Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci and one of Valentino’s creative duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri, are also said to be in the shortlist for the coveted Giannini replacement role, and Bizzarri is said to be still deciding who will takeover. Joseph Altuzarra is also said to be a strong candidate.