It’s Harry’s house, and we’re just living in it. For the ‘As It Was’ singer, who brought back a ton of 80s pop into our AirPods era, it was only a matter of time that he worked together with fashion house Gucci for something significant, especially since the style icon already relishes vivid colour and print-on-print in his wardrobe. And that time is now.
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, a long-time friend of the British singer, has decided to team up with Harry Styles for the Gucci HA HA HA collection, one that capitalises on both vibrant 70s pop and bohemian aesthetics, combined with sharp menswear tailoring. The result is a playful and liberating collection that brought joy to the runway when it debuted at Milan Men’s Fashion Week on Monday.
If you’re wondering about the unusual name of the collection, you’re not alone. Gucci HA HA HA is named after Styles’ and Michele’s initials, ‘Harry’ and ‘Ales- sandro’, and also happens to be the way the two friends sign off their messages to one another. You’ll see this on printed motifs across the labels of all the items within the collection, some of which are displayed prominently on jacket sleeves.
Like us, Michele is also a fan of Styles’ sense of fashion, noting “his ability to combine items of clothing in a way that is out of the ordinary”. “The idea of working together came to me one day while we were talking on the phone: I proposed creating a “dream wardrobe” with him, starting from those small oddities that come together in child-like visions,” he elaborated.
The collection has a clear sense of English tailoring, though with some twists; a Prince of Wales check forms the basis of dapper double-breasted coats, a newsboy cap is paired with a colourblocked leather jacket, while shirts feature mother-of-pearl buttons.
Then again, we’re loving the whimsical details too, of a yellow gingham three-piece suit for instance, printed with cherries and blue sheep for instance, or sweater vests worn on top of printed pajamas, and not looking a tad out of place.
Pair these with wide-legged denim jeans and fun accessories of a leopard-print suitcase or grumpy teddy brooch, and you’ve practically nailed the eccentric style that Styles effortlessly embodies.
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Elsewhere, we’ve also got a little more pared-down designs, such as a Gucci t-shirt bearing the same grumpy teddy bear, and the words “I want more berries and that summer feeling” across the tee and a pink sweater, a reference to the lyrics of Styles’ song ‘Watermelon Sugar’.
There’s no official confirmation yet, but the collection is said to be available at Gucci stores in October.
Gucci HA HA HA collection, price and availability tbc.
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