In a short time, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has become an industry iconoclast. Fashion loves a good story and this particular one—where a talented behind-the-scenes figure is thrust into the public domain after his predecessor, Frida Giannini, prematurely left the Italian house—was too juicy to resist. Michele’s first collection in 2015 received excessive media attention thanks to the alleged company drama that led to Giannini’s ousting, but also because he entirely redesigned her completed menswear collection, right down to the last stitch, in five days.

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