File this under Probably Too Good to Be True: Tom Ford could return to Gucci as head designer, according to some (admittedly very vague) rumors. The designer, who was creative director of Gucci for ten years between 1994 and 2004, is credited with revitalizing the brand and could be just the person to take over from Frida Giannini.
According to Page Six, "His name has been mentioned as the next designer for the Italian fashion house after it announced in December that designer Frida Giannini and her partner, CEO Patrizio di Marco, would exit the company." Okay, so that's not much to go on, even by Page Six standards. There isn't even a questionably reliable anonymous source listed here. But it would be SO. GOOD. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
Unfortunately, despite the buzz, a Ford for Gucci redux seems unlikely. He's been keeping himself busy designing penis necklaces, glam pasties, and the like for his own hugely successful brand in the intervening decade since he departed from Gucci and it's hard to imagine him giving that up to go back to his (extremely glam) roots. Ford's camp has so far denied all rumors of a return to Gucci, telling Page Six, “This is absolutely and completely unfounded. His own brand is growing dramatically and he views that as the next 30 years of his life."
Right now, it's seeming much more likely that Gucci's head accessories designer, Alessandro Michele, will take the reigns following Giannini's abrupt early departure from her role as creative director. Only time will tell, I suppose, but I'm going to hold out hope until an official announcement is made.
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