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Alessandro Michele, creative director, Gucci

Alessandro Michele has barely put a foot wrong since he was unexpectedly appointed as creative director of Gucci in January 2015.

A relative unknown, Michele has transformed the Italian fashion house into an international sensation, as well as the jewel in the crown of owner Kering’s luxury brand portfolio. Kering reported a 27.6% boost in third-quarter revenues to £3bn (€3.4bn) on the back of stellar performance by Gucci.

Sales at Gucci rose 35.1% year on year to €2.1bn (£1.85bn) in the three months to 30 September, as all channels, regions and categories performed strongly. Michele’s vision, which often clashes bold prints and extravagant embellishment with a mix of styles, from ladylike elegance to streetwear-inspired logomania, influences the whole industry. His star shows little sign of waning.

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