Italian designer Sabato de Sarno has been appointed as Gucci’s new creative director and will present 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 present his first collection at Milan Fashion Week next September, Gucci and parent company Kering announced Saturday.
De Sarno previously worked at Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, where he was most recently fashion director, overseeing both men’s and women’s collections.
Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri said: “We are delighted to welcome Sabato as Gucci’s new Creative Director, one of the most influential roles in the luxury experience.
After Alessandro Michele unexpectedly stepped down last fall, speculation abounded in the fashion world as to who would be his successor.
Like Michele when he was promoted from the in-house team in 2015, De Sarno worked mostly behind the scenes, making him relatively unknown in the wider fashion world.
Originally from Naples, De Sarno will join Gucci upon completion of his current responsibilities and will be responsible for all the brand’s collections (women’s, men’s, leather goods, accessories and lifestyle). Meanwhile, Gucci’s collections, including the Fall/Winter 2023-24 womenswear collection previewed in Milan next month, are being designed by an in-house team.
“I am touched and excited to contribute to my creative vision for the brand,” said De Sarno. said.