Ending months of hypothesis over who would fill the largest job opening in trend, Gucci has appointed a brand new artistic director: Sabato De Sarno. De Sarno, 39, is an trade veteran. He’ll be becoming a member of Gucci from Valentino, the place he most just lately oversaw males’s and girls’s ready-to-wear.
“Having labored with quite a lot of Italy’s most famous luxurious trend homes, he brings with him an enormous and related expertise,” Gucci president and CEO Marco Bizzarri stated of De Sarno in a press launch. “I’m sure that by Sabato’s deep understanding and appreciation for Gucci’s distinctive legacy, he’ll lead our artistic groups with a particular imaginative and prescient that may assist write this thrilling subsequent chapter, reinforcing the Home’s trend authority whereas capitalizing on its wealthy heritage.”
De Sarno succeeds Alessandro Michele, who outlined an period of menswear over the course of his eight-year run at Gucci, the place he launched a poppy graphic palette and genderless styling to nice industrial success. Michele and Gucci abruptly parted methods in November following a interval of slowing development on the marquee Italian model. “With Sabato De Sarno on the artistic helm, we’re assured that the Home will proceed each to affect trend and tradition by extremely fascinating merchandise and collections, and to convey a singular and modern perspective to trendy luxurious,” stated François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Gucci mum or dad firm Kering.
A local of Naples, De Sarno began his profession at Prada, earlier than becoming a member of Dolce & Gabbana. He has spent the final 12 years at Valentino, the place he labored carefully with Pierpaolo Piccioli. De Sarno’s first Gucci runway assortment will likely be unveiled throughout Milan Style Week in September. Mentioned De Sarno in a press release, “I’m deeply honored to tackle the position as Artistic Director of Gucci. I’m proud to affix a Home with such a unprecedented historical past and heritage, that through the years has been capable of welcome and cherish values I consider in. I’m touched and excited to contribute my artistic imaginative and prescient for the model.”