November 25 is Alessandro Michele’s birthday . . . or is it?
The notoriously-inaccurate website “Famous Birthdays” claims that today is Alessandro Michele’s birthday. I Googled his name a moment after visiting the site that to discover that his Wikipedia bio does not list a date of birth. A little research led me to a couple of different sites. One claimed that he was born on January 1. I don’t believe that because many of the sites that compile celebrity birth dates will automatically list January 1 when an actual birth date is not entered into the database. Another site claimed that he is a Scorpio.
At first, the closest I could get to confirming the actual date was a quote from the Gucci designer himself on the “W” website (click the link above):
“My father was a shaman. He told me that time doesn’t exist. He didn’t use a clock. He didn’t know when my birthday was. He would say, ‘You were born in the autumn — it was a hot autumn, it was the beginning of the seventies.’”
“AnOther” magazine also has an article from earlier this year where the designer discusses a birthday gift during his interview with the reporter. Again, that’s pretty much a confirmation of the aforementioned date of birth. Nevertheless, I’m not going to be the one who edits his Wikipedia page for him. He’s got his own people to do his bidding.
Anyway, all of this information was not available to me when I wrote “Star Struck Style.” I slotted the designer under the umbrella of Pisces because of his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style and the fact that most models at his runway shows are styled like mental asylum patients run amok. His natal chart, using a November 25, 1972 birthday, reveals a sun in Sagittarius, moon in Leo, Mercury in Sagittarius, both Venus and Mars in Scorpio, Jupiter in Capricorn and Saturn in Gemini.
I’m still even sure what to do with all of that, but I’m also the first person to admit that I really don’t get Gucci, so why would I pretend to have a window into Alessandro Michele’s soul? While I am intrigued to learn that his father was a shaman, that’s about the only thing that I have found interesting about the man who has turned Gucci into what it is today.
I’ll stick with Bottega Veneta, thanks.