“It was what she felt like wearing that morning,” he added. “That’s so much of her magic: the way she moves through situations and places.”
Her first design job was in fashion jewelry (a.k.a. costume jewelry), where she and Pharrell Williams introduced a highly successful collaboration. In 2009, she moved on to Dior under John Galliano (also, Bill Gaytten, who took over briefly after Mr. Galliano was fired, and Raf Simons), where she ran both fashion jewelry and consulted on leather goods. There she created the “tribales” pearl earring: an unbalanced, barbell-like pearl stud with a small stone in front and big stone in back that was inspired by her travels through Africa (she has spent time in Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal and South Africa; her mother now lives in Morocco). It became a best seller.
In 2014, Ms. Miceli returned to Louis Vuitton to work with Nicolas Ghesquière, a close friend, designing all accessories, including belts, scarves and sunglasses — and had another success when her wireless aviators also went viral. After seven years, however, she said she was ready for more. Then Pucci came up.
“Timing in life is very important,” said Ms. Miceli, who also has a thing about the significance of numbers.
Ms. Miceli is clear on her plans for Pucci, which she characterizes as about “joy and well-being.”
She is going to move to Milan, where she will be based full-time with her husband, Jerome Dernis (her son is currently a student at Warwick University in England). She wants to eschew runway shows and formal seasons, and instead have her collections “follow the life of a family through the year, and from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.” From sun salutation to night cap.
Kind of like her life. One that involves dancing on tables and cooking large Sunday dinners; obsessing over acres of carpet and haunting flea markets; squeezing in Ayenga yoga (maybe 20 minutes, maybe 90) every morning and finding harmony in the mismatched.
As to what that looks like for everyone else, it will be unveiled in spring of 2022.