Is Alessandro Michele Leaving Gucci?

A major change is potentially coming to — fashion insiders are stating that , the house’s creative director since 2015, might be leaving the fashion brand.

According to , Gucci will be issuing an official statement on the matter as early as Wednesday, while the brand is not responding to requests for comment at this time. The close source of the luxury house said that the creative director “was asked to initiate a strong design shift,” which he was unable to do. Another source familiar with the situation shared with the outlet that ‘s chairman and CEO Fran├žois-Henri Pinault has plans to bring a “change of pace” to the brand.

Not much information is available as of writing. Michele, who first joined Gucci back in 2015, brought major changes to the fashion house and the larger industry throughout his time. The designer blurred the boundaries between menswear and womenswear, combining the two into coed runway shows in 2017 up until this year, last month that Gucci will be uncoupling its presentations and returning to the men’s fashion week calendar. Under Michele’s direction, Gucci, which turned 100 in 2021, showcased major projects such as a as well as a earlier this year. For his latest show, Michele featured on the runway wearing his signature gender-fluid style.

If confirmed, this wouldn’t be the first major change Kering has brought to its brands in recent years. Just a year ago, the conglomerate with after the designer transformed , replacing him with instead.

WWD additionally noted that Michele never flew to for Gucci’s repeat “Cosmogonie” show originally scheduled for November 1, which was last minute due to a tragic incident that took place in the city’s Itaewon district where more than 150 people were killed from a crowd surge.

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