After his dizzying achievements as creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele is leaving the company, it was officially announced by representatives of French conglomerate Kering. According to Reuters, the reason was a disagreement between the legendary designer and the brand’s top management.
“Gucci today announced that Alessandro Michele is stepping down as creative director of Gucci. Alessandro Michele has been at the creative helm of the House since 21 January 2015 and has played a fundamental role in shaping the brand as it is today through his pioneering creativity, while remaining true to the House’s well-known codes,” reads a statement on the website.
The designer will celebrate his 50th birthday tomorrow 25 November.
Michele has been with Gucci for a total of 20 years, firstly in charge of the menswear division and then as creative director. The designer is said to have “reinvented the brand” and is hailed as the coveted fashion sensation of the year. Who will take Michele’s place remains a mystery.
Recall that a group of companies Kering was founded in 1962. The current owner is French billionaire François Pinault. In addition to Gucci, the conglomerate includes such brands as Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and others.