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1) Gucci showed its fall collection today in Milan — the first for new creative director Alessandro Michele, previously accessories director, who replaced Frida Giannini, ousted earlier this year shortly following the firing of Gucci’s CEO Patrizio di Marco, also Giannini’s partner and father of her child.
2) News recently surfaced that di Marco and Giannini, and particularly the former, did not leave quietly. In fact, it’s come to light that di Marco gave a speech that he also sent out in a memo to the company in which he stated that,
“Against my will, I leave my cathedral uncompleted.”
Grand words, and many of them. He also called other members of Gucci and parent group Kering “nani,” or dwarfs, for plotting against him. The speech clocked in at nearly 3,000 words.
3) When Michele was announced, many were surprised to hear that this unknown would be taking over for a house like Gucci. Names like Riccardo Tisci, Joseph Altuzarra, and even Tom Ford had been thrown in the mix as speculation.
4) So today, the fashion world watched Michele make his debut. First to give us a hint of the new direction? Salma Hayek, wife of Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, arrived at the show in a preview of the collection — she sported a beret.
5) Let’s talk about the clothes — words like “romance,” “librarian chic,” “military,” “girls will be boys,” and “boys will be girls,” were used to describe the show on social media — a continuation of the floaty gender delineations seen at Michele’s men’s show for Gucci earlier this year.
It’s a vast departure from the Gucci of yore. What do you think?