Marco Bizzarri on Tapping Alessandro Michele at Gucci

I DID IT MY WAY: “It was extreme luck,” said a relaxed Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, of tapping Alessandro Michele as creative director of the brand almost four years ago.
A week after Gucci reported a 35.1 percent jump in organic sales to 2.1 billion euros in the third quarter, Bizzarri went over the stages of the remarkable trajectory of the brand under his lead and that of Michele during Altagamma’s first Next Design Perspectives event in Milan on Tuesday. “It was the first time I had the opportunity to choose the designer to work with,” said Bizzarri, recalling his first meeting with Michele at his home in Rome, surrounded by antiques and wearing his fur loafers, which he designed for himself and which would become best-selling and trend-setting items globally.
“The personal connection is as important as talent, and it was more an emotional rather than a rational choice; he was aligned with me,” said the executive, pointing to Michele’s different vision for Gucci from what had been done in the past. “I would love to say it was a formula, but there is a huge dose of luck, I did it my way and it

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Zegna’s Alessandro Sartori on Designing in Today’s World

When Alessandro Sartori returned to Ermenegildo Zegna as artistic director in June 2016, it represented a homecoming for the Biella-born designer. Sartori had grown up riding his bicycle past the company’s headquarters as a young boy and joined the brand after graduating from design school. He spent more than a decade there, serving as creative director of the Z Zegna collection for eight years, before decamping for Berluti for a five-year stint. But returning to Zegna, he said, was a true “story of love” for the brand, the family and the Biella region.
Sartori spoke with WWD style director Alex Badia about his career, model casting and his advice for young designers.
WWD: Tell us how you became the artistic director of Zegna.
Alessandro Sartori: I grew up in the same area, Biella in northern Italy, which is where most of the wool and textile farms are located. My mom had an atelier for women and had seven tailors working for her. I saw everything she was doing and little by little, it became something very important for me. After that, I went to textile school — which we have a few of in Italy. It’s a kind of high school but with information

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Alessandro Michele to Bring His Gucci Touch to Printemps

RETAIL THEATER: Printemps Haussmann is turning to Gucci designer Alessandro Michele to set a fresh tone for back-to-school with dresses, shoes and bags set in a deep purple, cinema-inspired backdrop.
For seven weeks starting Aug. 26, the Gucci products are to be showcased in a movie-theater-style setting, with the theme stretching from a pop-up store below ground through the escalator banks.
Five wide windows on the women’s store Boulevard Haussmann will be crafted to resemble tiny movie theaters projecting images of the winter collection. Plush seats will be upholstered in various mismatched fabrics, another trademark of the Italian designer, who is lionized in fashion circles for breathing life back to into an iconic Italian brand.

Leather moccasins are part of an exclusive Gucci collection for Printemps. 
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The special collection includes a pleated dress in bright pink silk satin, decorated with an oversized rose in the same fabric and carrying a price tag of 2,980 euros.
A reversible pink wool cardigan, embellished with winged insects, will go for 2,500 euros.
Emerald green leather moccasins adorned with a pair of large, earthy moths are priced at 1,100 euros, the same price for a slide-on, fur-lined version.
A matching purse with chain and leather straps will sell for 3,500 euros.
 

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