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The Alessandro Gossip Wars: Fendi vs. Dior

Alessandro Michele
There are rumors that former Gucci designer Alessandro Michele is already installed at Fendi, while Dior employees are convinced he’s headed their way. Photo: Miguel Medina/Getty Images; Venturelli/WireImage; Francois Guillot/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
October 9, 2023

On Saturday night, I carpooled to a party with a friend who is as close to Paris as you can be while living in Los Angeles, and we spent quite a while dissecting the Alessandro Michele-LVMH rumors, which were holding strong within the halls of Fendi and Dior, where employees whispered mostly over WhatsApp. The last time there was so much interest in a designer’s future had to be in the weeks prior to Hedi Slimane’s appointment at Celine. (Like I’ve told you before, everyone was convinced he was headed to Dior.) 

At this point, the likelihood that Michele news is announced by the end of the year at one of these houses is fairly high. There are rumors coming from people close to Kim Jones (who designs the Fendi women’s collection and the Dior men’s collection) that Michele is already installed at Fendi, while Dior employees are convinced that the former Gucci designer is headed their way.