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A former Gucci designer becomes the new creative director of Valentino » Leadersnet

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| March 28, 2024

It was announced last week that chief designer Pierpaolo Piccioli would be leaving the Italian fashion house. The rumors about the successor have now been confirmed.

After 25 years at Valentino, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli bid farewell to the Italian brand last week. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the couture shows in Paris would be canceled this season and that no men's collection would be shown.

Michelle doubled her sales at Gucci

Rumors were boiling and one of the most prominent names of potential candidates to succeed him was former Gucci designer and eccentric Alessandro Michele (51). In 2015, he took the helm of Gucci and set a whole new course that helped the brand achieve a renaissance and record sales. Gucci has become a cash cow within parent company Kering. Michel's era came to an abrupt end in 2022 when his sudden departure was announced. His name spread quickly when Pepaolo Piccioli's successor was speculated. The rumors have now been confirmed: Valentino has announced that Alessandro Michele will take over the creative direction from April.

“It is an honor to become part of Maison Valentino. I feel both a great pleasure and a great responsibility to join Maison de Couture which carries the word 'beauty' in a collective history of sophistication and the utmost grace,” Michele wrote on Instagram. His first collection will be shown at Paris Fashion Week in the fall. It remains to be seen whether the fashion house's classic line will continue under his leadership, or whether Michele will also undergo a stylistic overhaul for the brand.

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