Wonderful, whimsical dreams of color and embroidered details in Alessandro Michele’s latest collection as the creative director for the house of Gucci have him once again pushing the limits of the fashion industry.
From oversized mix-matched suits (color-block trousers, checkered-patterned jackets and crisp shirts with too-long sleeves), ruffled dresses made out of his signature rainbow pallet of garden patterns, lamé tracksuits, embossed leather bustiers, sequined pineapple sleeves, layer over layer of tulle gowns, embroidered kimonos, studded jackets and even sequin leggings, Gucci’s Spring 2017 collection delivered piece after piece of over-the-top garments, taking Maximism to a whole new level of grandeur.
The show took place in a space made to satisfy every person’s most profound bubblegum dreams. The runway was covered in a long, pink carpet, the walls were ornamented in mosaic pink mirrored squares, curtains of velvet and pink mirrors bisected the runway and the whole room was tinted with rose-colored lighting and smoke, setting a reverie-induced mood that blurs the lines between fiction and reality— exactly as Michele had planned.
Michele’s love for the vintage is prominent throughout the collection— from the Renaissance period structures, Elton John circa-1970’s oversized glitter sunglasses, to the 1980’s discotheque look. It’s also noticeable with his ever present twists on traditional accessories, such as the gigantic pirate-style hats in pastel colors, the platform loafers filled with gemstones, the scripted bamboo fans, the satined floral-printed shoulder bags, the oversized chandelier sparkly earrings and the many silk bows in menswear-inspired suits.
It’s incredible that Michele has only been the creative director at Gucci for two years, and yet his collections effortlessly capture the essence of the famed fashion house while still remaining so exclusively “Alessandro Michele.” He brings a great deal to the table with his various muses — artists that seem to have the same sensibilities as him. Those artist include the French singer and actress Soko, photographer Petra Collins and Florence Welsh, front-woman of Florence + The Machine, who was featured on the soundtrack of the show by reading poems by the famed William Blake.
Moving forward, who knows what’s on the horizon for Michele and Gucci. Here’s hoping it’s at least half as interesting as his phenomenal Spring 2017 collection.