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Alessandro Michele Appointed as Valentino’s New Creative Director

Alessandro Michele is making a comeback. Valentino announced on Thursday that the renowned designer will take the reins as its new creative director, commencing next week in Rome. Michele’s appointment follows months of speculation regarding his next career move after departing Gucci at the close of 2022.

The announcement coincides with the departure of Valentino’s longtime creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, who stepped down last week after a remarkable 25-year tenure. Under Piccioli’s guidance, Valentino became synonymous with its iconic rockstud accessories, pioneered by the brand’s founder, and introduced vibrant ready-to-wear collections in recent years.

Michele’s ascent to prominence began when he was appointed creative director of Gucci in 2014, despite being relatively unknown at the time. His bold, gender-fluid aesthetic transformed the Italian luxury brand, driving a significant increase in revenue and solidifying his status as a leading figure in the fashion world.

Valentino’s press release indicates that Michele’s inaugural collection for the brand will debut in September, with his responsibilities extending to designing couture collections as well.

In 2023, Kering, the parent company of Gucci, acquired a 30 percent stake in Valentino. Previously owned by Mayhoola, a fund linked to the Qatari royal family since 2012, the acquisition signaled a new chapter for the esteemed Italian fashion house.

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