October 19, 2016
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele dimmed the lights and sent a dry ice machine into overdrive, pumping out dense fog which enveloped the all-magenta, sickly sweet runway where he sent his SS17 collection down. However, our judgements remained unclouded, much to the irony of the set itself.
Michele has certainly acquired a maximalist, regal taste for the house of Gucci, and it was evidently foretold in his fervent use of serpentine motifs, jewels, kaleidoscope prints, and lavish silks. Vintage florals, kaleidoscopic retro prints and metallic brocade ruled them all this season, taking centre stage amongst the wondrously whimsical silhouettes. And while eery Victorian-style dresses were accompanied by corset belts, vectorised tiger head tees made a striking appearance to remind us that we’re still in 2016.
“It’s my story, old images of Venetian prostitutes (to create an aesthetic that’s) quirky and fabulous.” And it’s safe for us to say that Michele has achieved that with his kooky desirable; intarsia mink kimonos coats, gold brocade suits with stunning embroidered lapels and Chinese cheongsam fastenings. There was a full-fledged Dynasty-styled appeal which was channeled throughout the show in classic Gucci fashion; in outright flamboyance with a touch of laid back elegance.
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