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Inside the Michele-LVMH Rumor Mill & Other Milan Gossip

The noise surrounding Alessandro Michelle’s potential move to the most valuable company in Europe reached a fever pitch in Milan.
The noise surrounding Alessandro Michelle’s potential move to the most valuable company in Europe reached a fever pitch in Milan. Photo: Venturelli/WireImage
Lauren Sherman
September 25, 2023

Was the gossip flowing more freely in Milan this season, or am I simply more receptive than I used to be? Probably a bit of both, but whatever the case, the shows provided an opportunity to not only assess the state of fashion, but to also read a little into what its future may look like. Who won the week? Prada. Big ideas, big desire. But also, the striking actors who got paid to attend the shows, and the brands that benefited from them being there. (Feels like fashion is Hollywood’s only sure bet at the moment.) Here’s what else everyone was talking about…


Alessandro Watch 

A few months ago, I reported that Alessandro Michele, the former Gucci designer who left unceremoniously at the end of last year, had been seen with Delphine Arnault in the Dior archives. At the time, I underscored that this could, in theory, mean absolutely nothing, and that the eldest Arnault child’s standing in the business meant that she was constantly meeting with designers.