The Rebirth of Gucci


Alessandro Michele’s Fall-Winter ’15 menswear collection provided a glimpse into the world he had envisioned for Gucci– free-spirited, individualistic and irreverent. The collection, thrown together in a matter of weeks, had the fashion world in anticipation for Michele’s official debut as Gucci’s creative director at Milan Fashion Week. [caption id="attachment_5693" align="alignnone" width="720"] Menswear inspired suits in relaxed silhouettes lent a maculinity to the Gucci girl, almost concealing her female identity.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5694" align="alignnone" width="720"] Body baring separates take the cake for the boldest looks from the collection.[/caption] After weeks of suspense, we finally can put our finger on Michele’s new vision for the brand. Presented  was an eclectic Gucci girl whose fashion choices and attitude took the cue from the 1970s. She relishes in the freedom to dress as she pleases in seemingly mismatched combinations picked up from thrift stores and her dad’s wardrobe. While oversized shirt pant ensembles held down by a gold buckled belt – much like the ones from the menswear show – blurred the gender divide, bows reimagined in an array of colours and materials leaned towards the feminine. [caption id="attachment_5695" align="alignnone" width="720"] Berets, beanies and headbands– plenty of options for the hair.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5696" align="alignnone" width="720"] The clear star of the night, Michele's quirky furry slippers quickly became the talk of the town.[/caption]

This eccentricity continued to show itself in the season’s accessories. Stacks of rings, an array of headbands, hats and fur footwear sealed the fearless laissez-faire attitude Michele was channelling. After all, it doesn’t get much more comfortable than a warm and fuzzy pair of furry bedroom slippers. Well, besides the barely there body baring separates, of course.

Certainly a breath of fresh air, Michele has marked the beginning of a brand new era at the Italian luxury house. We’re eager spectators awaiting future collections from the newly appointed creative director.