Italian designer Sabato de Sarno has been named Gucci’s new creative director and will unveil his first collection at Milan Fashion Week next September, Gucci and parent company Kering announced Saturday.
milan — Italian designer Sabato de Sarno has been named Gucci’s new creative director and will unveil his first collection at Milan Fashion Week next September, Gucci and parent company Kering announced Saturday.
De Sarno has previously worked for Prada, Dolce. & Gabbana and Valentino, where he was most recently fashion director overseeing the men’s and women’s collections.
“I am delighted that Sabato is joining Gucci as the House’s new Creative Director, one of the most influential roles in the luxury experience,” said Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri.
After Alessandro Michele’s unexpected departure last season, the fashion world has been rife with speculation as to who will replace him, eight years after he redefined the brand’s codes of gender fluidity, romance and edginess.
While Michel was promoted from the inner circle in 2015, De Sarno is a relative unknown in the wider fashion world, working primarily behind the scenes.
A native of Naples, De Sarno will join Gucci upon completion of his current duties and will be responsible for all of the brand’s collections: women’s, men’s, leather goods, accessories and lifestyle. In the meantime, Gucci’s collections, including the womenswear autumn-winter 2023-24 collection, which will be previewed in Milan next month, are being designed by the in-house team.
“I am excited and excited to contribute my creative vision to the brand,” said de Sarno, “which has been able to embrace and nurture the values I believe in.”