Alessandro Michele To Replace Pierpaolo Piccioli At Valentino

Pictured together in 2019, Pierpaolo Piccioli (left) will leave Valentino after 25 years and be replaced by Alessandro Michele. Photo / Getty Images

The feted former Gucci star will head up Italian luxury brand Valentino.

The flamboyant former designer at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, has been named the new creative director at storied Roman luxury house Valentino, following the sudden departure last week of Pierpaolo Piccioli after 25 years.

Valentino, which stages collections in Paris, confirmed the move in a statement last week, calling it the “start of a new journey aimed at continuing to see the brand’s unique values, its heritage and its couture codes shine around the world”.

“In his new role, Alessandro Michele will be based in Rome, the creative heart of our house, the city where it was founded in 1960,” the statement said. Michele, 51, left Gucci in 2022 after a popular creative tenure.

In a social media post, he said it was “a great honour” to join a couture house that had “engraved the word ‘beauty’ in a collective story made of research and extreme grace”.

Founded in Rome in 1960 by Valentino Garavani, the Valentino company is an internationally recognised fashion house, with stores in more than 25 countries.

Michele’s debut collection will be unveiled at Paris Fashion Week in September, according to current plans.

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