I may not have loved the first Gucci collection by Alessandro Michele when he was appointed creative director of the house back in January 2015 but two years on, he has since made me change my mind. This is especially so with the Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection.
Visually, it’s rich and appealing with a strong attention to detail. Everything from the footwear to the eye-wear and the jewelry has been well thought-out and presented. Reinventing the codes of the house completely, Alessandro Michele has proven himself to be a Visionary. This is also Gucci’s first unified show with both the men’s and women’s collection presented on the runway, so it’s significant in more ways than one.
Not only is the show visually rich, it’s glam with the clever use of crystals and uber luxurious with exotic leather for the boots, belts, handbags and luggage accents.
There’s character to this collection and each model is marked by individuality. It’s distinct and yet cohesive as a whole. The colour palette and silhouettes are drawn from the early 1960s (think hippie culture) but design-wise, it’s contemporary.
At the same time, there’s a sense of quirkiness with the interesting eyewear and the musings of Spanish artist Coco Capitán scribbled on the umbrellas and t-shirts.
The towering glass pyramid at the center of the show space of course is a nod to Egyptian mysticism. Calling this the Alchemist’s Garden, there’s an esoteric meaning behind the show with its eclectic display of signs and intriguing symbolism. I can’t wait to see how Alessandro Michele can possibly top this next season.
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