Valentino names Alessandro Michele new creative director

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Valentino names Alessandro Michele : Alessandro Michele, a former creative director at Gucci, has been named creative director of the prestigious Rome-based fashion house Valentino, just six days after the end of the extraordinary 25-year reign of Pierpaolo Piccioli.

“It is a tremendous honour for me to join the esteemed Valentino Maison,” Michele wrote on Instagram, expressing his thanks and feeling of obligation. I am incredibly excited and profoundly humbled to be starting this adventure with a Couture House that has engraved the term ‘beautiful’ into a shared annals of sophistication and unmatched grace.

There will be no Valentino shows in June for the menswear or couture seasons, as previously announced. In September of 2025, during the runway season for the Spring/Summer collections, Michele will have her first show in Paris.

While working together at Gucci, Jacopo Venturini was instrumental in bolstering Michele’s remarkable accomplishments; with this promotion, the two will reunite at Valentino, where Venturini now serves as CEO. Over the course of Michele’s seven years as CEO, Gucci saw a tripling of yearly sales.

It is ironic that Michele’s comeback to the French luxury firm Kering—the same one that fired him in 2022—is noteworthy. For the last twelve years, Mayhoola—an investment vehicle of the Qatari royal family—has controlled Valentino, in which Kering owns a 30% ownership.

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Kering Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault was overjoyed to hear of Michele’s appointment, saying that the fashion house Valentino will benefit from Michele’s fresh perspective and adaptability. Michele, who was famous for his dramatic flair at Gucci, expressed his respect for Valentino’s tradition and promised to pay homage to it through his designs.

Michele is a remarkable talent who will further elevate the Valentino brand’s tradition, according to an official statement by Valentino Chairman Rachid Mohamed Rachid. Rachid reaffirmed their resolve to continue Valentino’s stellar status as an illustrious couture house, a legacy begun by Giancarlo Giammetti and Valentino Garavani.

A watershed event for the company came in 2012, when Mayhoola acquired Valentino, launching it into a new age of expansion and fame. In his new role, Michele will be working with Venturini to write a new chapter for Maison Valentino, marking a return to his hometown of Rome.

After the happy event, Michele thought about how grateful and excited he was, and he looked forward to a creative and rejuvenating future. As he sets out on this new adventure, Michele’s words encapsulate the spirit of spring—a season of renewal and the sprouting of fresh starts.

Ethan Sullivan

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