Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele steps down after nearly 8 years

Alessandro Michele has stepped down as Gucci’s creative director after almost eight years in the role.

Kering, the parent company of Gucci, announced the fashion innovator’s departure on Wednesday, giving him props for “making the brand what it is today.”

He became the iconic Italian label’s creative director in 2015 after first joining the company in 2002 to work for its handbag division in London.

Michele, 49, is credited with helping revive Gucci within the past decade.

He was known for making Harry Styles, Idris Elba, Dakota Johnson and Billie Eilish as brand ambassadors. In 2017, Michele was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

“There are times when paths part ways because of the different perspectives each one of us may have,” the fashion designer said in a statement. “Today an extraordinary journey ends for me, lasting more than 20 years, within a company to which I have tirelessly dedicated all my love and creative passion. During this long period, Gucci has been my home, my adopted family. To this extended family, to all the individuals who have looked after and supported it, I send my most sincere thanks, my biggest and most heartfelt embrace.”