Gucci team announces it has re-designed Frida Giannini's work for AW15
Ahead of today's show at Milan Fashion Week...
The in-house design team, lead by Alessandro Michele – Gucci's head accessories designer and one of the names being thrown around in the speculation surrounding Frida Giannini's replacement – have reportedly been working around the clock to re-do everything ahead of today's menswear showcase in Milan.
According to a source, the team have completely reworked Giannini's original Autumn/Winter 15 menswear line for Gucci – right down to the shoes, and have even gone as far as recasting the models, booking unknown models and Gucci newbies. According to reports the set for today's show in Milan has also been completely re-done: A U-shaped runway will now be the basis for the show, with a row of seats placed in the middle.
"It's as far from the former Gucci as possible. Very young, and a clean break with the past," said one source.
At present it is unclear if Michele – or indeed, if anyone – will take the final bow at the end of the presentation in Milan today, but the in-house team is said to be "on a high," and supportive of Michele, who is reportedly rising to the challenge since Giannini's early exit and "feeling excited, free and going for it."
Giannini handed in her notice at Gucci at the end of last year following a decade with the Italian fashion house. She was due to leave the house following its menswear presentation today and its Autumn/Winter 15 womenswear collection later next month. However, in another twist: Giannini made an early exit ahead of her planned swan song, and the world is awaiting news as to who will replace her, with Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci and many other names being speculated.