Alessandro Michele Is Leaving Gucci And Harry Styles Fans Aren't Pleased

Chisom Ndianefo
Close up of Alessandro Michelle
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Italian Fashion Designer Alessandro Michele had a great 20-year run with Gucci. The 50-year-old leaves the fashion house after eight years as the Creative Director. It almost felt like he'd never leave, but we couldn't be more wrong.

His impact on Gucci is timeless, as his revolutionary style changed the landscape of menswear for the new generation with Harry Styles as his muse. Michele's androgynous style became the pop star's signature and endeared him to the non-conformist Gen-Z audience.

Now that Michele is bidding Gucci goodbye, Style's fans believe it'll affect their idol's wardrobe.

Friendship With Harry Styles And Ha Ha Ha Collection

Before announcing his departure, Michele teamed up with Styles to create a menswear collection, "Ha Ha Ha," as a tribute to their long-standing friendship. This business move was smart and sentimental as it'll help the fans transition to a Gucci without Michele while making money for the brand one last time.

The campaign tells a story of their first meeting and how Styles' style has changed since then. The pieces fuse colors and patterns typically attributed to women in a way that defies gender constructs.

The Final Bow

"May you always live by your passions, propelled by the wind of freedom."

In his farewell post, Michele described Gucci as his home and family, saying it's a bittersweet moment to part ways with the Italian fashion house. Michele acknowledged the brand for helping him become a force in the fashion industry and pursue his dreams. As he took his final bow, he encouraged his Instagram followers to do the same and carve paths for themselves fearlessly.

Friends Say Goodbye

Styles' fans aren't the only group saddened by this new, although it's heralding a bigger and better opportunity for the designer. His long-time collaborators, including celebrities who've worked with him, shared kind words via the comments.

Some of them included Naomi Campbell, who thanked him for creating opportunities for African creatives and emerging markets, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who expressed love and admiration for his legacy; and Donatella Versace, who praised him as a huge influence.

Reactions To His Departure

Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles at the MET Gala
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Styles' fans aren't quite over the news, and the Twitter memes/GIF are endless, from the crying baby insinuating the pop star would miss his friend to jokes about Michele's innovative style and respect for his final show during Fashion Week.

Check out some of the reactions below.

Sir Elton John


"Thank You for bringing Harry out of his shell"

The outfit that started it all

P.S. Note that Styles hasn't commented on the news but we're eager to hear what he has to say.