Late in November, Gucci announced that it would end its relationship with Alessandro Michele after rumors of his impending departure. The designer, who pioneered a renaissance at Gucci, was responsible for many successes while at the brand’s helm, but it was widely speculated that the House aimed to go in a different direction.
An Exciting New Chapter
Today, fans are one step closer to seeing what the next chapter of Gucci will look like. Over the weekend, it was announced that Sabato De Sarno would succeed Alessandro Michele as Creative Director for Gucci. His vision will span across women’s, men’s, leather goods, accessories, and lifestyle collections.
” I am certain that through Sabato’s deep understanding and appreciation for Gucci’s unique legacy, he will lead our creative teams with a distinctive vision that will help write this exciting next chapter, reinforcing the House’s fashion authority while capitalizing on its rich heritage.” – Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci
39-year-old Italian-born De Sarno most recently worked underneath Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino, overseeing men’s and women’s collections as a fashion director. Prior to his time at Valentino, he worked at two other Italian Houses, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada.
His work at Gucci will begin as soon as his current obligations are completed, presenting his debut runway collection at Milan Women’s Fashion Week in September 2023.