When he was chosen to take over the Creative Director position at Gucci earlier this year, no one was more surprised then Alessandro Michele himself. A bona-fide hippie who likes to adorn his fingers with antique rings and his neck with Indian silk neckerchiefs; he, by looks alone, couldn’t be further from Gucci’s previous creative director who was always elegantly dressed and coiffed.
The changes brought about by Michele’s excitement have revitalized the company, bringing new vigor and enthusiasm to the brand. Michele himself is to blame as an eclectic man who strongly believes that fashion is about creating emotion and stressing individuality. Such is true with himself… Michele takes over the creative department in Rome, far away from most other design headquarters in Milan, and a new location after the department spent time headquartered in both London and Florence in recent years. The breathtaking studio occupies a Palazzo originally built by Raphael in the early 16th century. If that isn’t inspiring, what is?
With an 18th-century apartment filled with antiques collected throughout his numerous travels and an isolated, amazingly picturesque country house perched atop of a mountain, there’s plenty of space in both locales to display his “wares” and find additional inspiration. There’s no guessing what will find its way to the fashion runway next time around!