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Gucci Moves Forward with Alessandro Michele at the Helm

Alessandro Michele will assume the role as Gucci creative director, the Italian luxury label announced Wednesday. The 42-year-old designer began working with Gucci in 2002. The move marks a new contemporary vision for the brand.

An associate of former Gucci creative director Frida Gianni since 2011, Michele led the company in an overhaul of the men’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection when Gianni abruptly left the company just 10 days before she was to present the line in Milan on Jan. 19. Gianni originally planned to step down from her position following the Gucci’s women’s show on Feb. 25.

The revamped men’s collection garnered praise from the fashion world, for its more modern design aesthetic and gender-bender designs.

Michele was among a who’s who list of possible candidates, which was rumored to include Christopher Kane, Riccardo Tisci, Joseph Altuzarra and a second act from Tom Ford.