From the beginning, he established his magpie aesthetic, freely elevating styles from every decade you can think of, ushering in an era of gender inconsistency that persists to this day, while at the same time often volatile Hollywood is in the process. Michele’s unique vision has attracted the likes of Jared Leto (Michele’s alter ego), Dakota Johnson, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, whose collaboration with designer Ha Ha Ha Ha recently hit stores. In him, perhaps they saw a like-minded soul – he studied fashion design at the Rome Institute of Costume and Fashion. Regardless, he’s cultivated a tight-knit team; his Gucci family is a happy bunch of artists who sometimes literally wear their hearts out on their sleeves.
Michele has a flair for hooking up outside the box. There was a fall 2018 Hacker Project with his Kering stablemate Demna at Balenciaga, then a year later he beat Demna and Balenciaga teamed up with Gucci’s Adidas. In the early days of the pandemic, Michele tapped director Gus Van Sant to create a short film set in his hometown of Rome to express his love of cinema. Gucci started doing business with him when he was appointed to sack Harlme couturier Dapper Dan. It was during his tenure that the company launched Vault, an online resale program for rarities from the brand’s jet-era heyday, and an e-commerce emporium for emerging designers, which gained his endorsement, These include Hillary Taymour, Bianca Saunders and Rui Zhou of Collina Strada.