Nearly three years into his tenure as creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele continues to fashion with eccentricity, a house ban on fur and, perhaps most shocking of all, a steadfast belief in continuity.
Sometimes the stars align. They certainly have for Alessandro Michele and Gucci. That the brand’s creative director is WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year and fashion’s preeminent fascination du jour intrigues, all the more so because of his accidental ascent to the pinnacle of influence. Michele only got his shot when the top job opened up following Frida Giannini’s exit because of a chance assignment to host then-newly installed chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri, and explain to him the processes of the design staff.
At that point, Michele was (now famously) a behind-the-scenes studio guy, toiling to help realize someone else’s creative vision, one it turns out, that could not have been further from his own. Just being asked to show the new boss around might have ended there, were not Bizzarri a rare breed of modern ceo, one who believes passionately that, at the highest echelons of fashion, creativity fuels commerce. The two bonded, Michele impressed Bizzarri with his aesthetic fervor and got the job. “Intuition in this case is superimportant, even more than rationality,” Bizzarri told WWD’s CEO Summit in October.
As the conversation around sustainability only grows stronger in fashion circles, Everlane has made a new declaration: it’s saying goodbye to virgin plastic. The company, whose ethos is all about “radical transparency,” in terms of pricing and ethical factories, plans to be completely free of virgin plastics by 2021. “We’re producing millions of units and every unit that goes out is wrapped in plastic,” said founder and CEO, Michael Preysman. “At the beginning, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s just take off all these plastic bags.’ There are a lot of complications to that. Everything you buy in the world comes wrapped in plastic when it comes out of the factory.”
Meet Flamingo. The direct-to-consumer brand is Harry’s first foray into products designed specifically for women. The line goes beyond shaving, venturing into a space that is typically relegated to darker corners of the drugstore — at-home waxing. #wwdbeauty
Exclusive: @tommyhilfiger has tapped 22-year-old actress @zendaya to be his newest collaborator and together they will launch a see-now-buy-now collection in February. Speaking to WWD about the project, the Spider-Man actress said: “Fashion is more than just wearing cool clothes. It’s a way to celebrate self-expression and individuality, which is extremely empowering. This is why I am proud to partner with Tommy Hilfiger.” Tap the link in bio for the full scoop. #TommyXZendaya #wwdfashion