Alessandro Michele is the new creative director of Valentino

Michele also took to Instagram after the announcement, writing a heartfelt letter about his new position. “My first thought goes to this story: to the richness of its cultural and symbolic heritage, to the sense of wonder that it constantly generates, to the very precious identity given with their wildest love by founding fathers, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. These references always represented an essential source of inspiration for me, and I’m going to praise such influence through my own interpretation and creative vision.”

Valentino CEO Jacopo Venturini – who Michele previously worked with at Gucci when Venturini was vice president of merchandising and global markets – echoed these sentiments. “I am very happy and excited to return to work with Alessandro. I am certain that the reinterpretation of the Maison’s couture codes and the heritage created by Mr Valentino Garavani, combined with Alessandro’s extraordinary vision, will bring us moments of great emotion and will translate into irresistibly desirable objects.”

Those who’ve been keeping a close eye on things won’t be too surprised by Michele’s appointment, as WWD reported on Monday [March 25] that the designer was undergoing contract negotiations with the house. The industry mag also pointed out that Rachid Mohamed Rachid, CEO of Valentino parent company Mayhoola, wanted Michele to head up the newly revitalised Walter Albini brand in 2023, but Michele declined.

Michele’s last high-profile appointment was, of course, at Gucci, where he was appointed interim creative director in January 2015 after Frida Giannini’s departure. Famously, Michele only had a week to rework Giannini’s AW15 collection, and just two days later was invited to take the position permanently due to the success of his vision. Prior to this, Michele had been Giannini’s design deputy at Gucci since 2011, and before then was appointed senior designer of leather goods from 2006. Before working at Gucci, Michele graduated from the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome and had worked under Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi.

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