Flying carpets, fire-breathing dragons, enigmatic panthers, as well as UFOs and the planet Saturn with rainbow rings. These were only some of the elements Alessandro Michele employed for pre-fall to narrate another fairy-tale. To this end, his very personal language wove charming plots across different worlds, ages and cultures. It was a fragmented composition, totally emotional and asynchronous.
A rule-breaker, Michele stole opulent evening dresses, including a stunning taffeta style with flocked ribbons, from the wardrobe of an imaginative Marie Antoinette and juxtaposed it in the lineup with a range of tracksuit-inspired leggings and sweatshirts infused with a vintage feel. Sophisticated shirtdresses in a patchwork of Sixties-style patterns found a place next to a knitted cape with embroidered bunnies, which echoed more surreal, psychedelic atmospheres than reassuring children’s books’ illustrations. He matched the American preppy look with Bohemian references: college blazers, sometimes cinched at the waist with fanny packs embellished with a metallic Gucci logo, were layered over ruffled maxidresses.
Net-a-porter has tapped Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to create a one-off, 20-piece collection of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories.
This is the first exclusive capsule collection that Michele has done as creative director of Gucci.The collection also has its own label. Michele has whipped up an exclusive rose print inspired by a 19th-century tapestry, which appears on pieces such as a three-quarter sleeve scarf blouse with pearl GG buttons, and a pleated skirt with nude lining, both done in double silk georgette.
The roses also appear on a reversible cashmere and merino wool cardigan and on accessories, including two sizes of the Dionysus bag, flat mules, a high heel pump and the Ace sneaker.
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Gucci’s Alessandro Michele Net-a-porter Collection was last modified: May 12th, 2016 by thefashionistyle
Alessandro Micheledescribed a multilayered collection encompassing “some of my passions.” Street style, the Renaissance, the Seventies, “and a little injection of some chic points of the Eighties. I love to mix and match [references] into a different language.” He named a time-traveling Catherine de Medici as a seasonal muse.
Decoration figures powerfully in Michele’s work, an abundance of patterns, pleats, embroideries and fur trims on fluid clothes integrated with beautiful tailoring, styled with offbeat bravado. Most often, it delighted. Michele romances the natural world with near-literal representation and intriguingly weird placement a pair of birds or a black panther on the bodice of an otherwise ethereal pastel gown and, more controversially, the image of a flat, splayed-out tiger down the back of a fur coat.
In a very short time, Michele has produced remarkable work that has rocked fashion at Gucci. Yes, every designer must keep moving forward, and if he feels now’s the time to toughen up, Godspeed.
Gucci RTW Fall 2016 was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by thefashionistyle
Does the sum of a vast, sometimes disparate range of covetable, luxurious pieces make a collection? Yes, according to Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. The designer continued his very personal path to reshaping the brand’s image, delivering a pre-fall collection that channeled a wide scope of themes and motifs, many carried over from his past efforts. The result was chaotic coherence.
Printed shirtdresses came in retro-inspired graphics and botanical motifs. Nature is one of Michele’s ongoing fixations, with flowers and wild animals, including the now-familiar tigers and snakes, embroidered on flamboyant knits, exquisite maxidresses and high-end denim pieces. They latter served as a preciously casual counterpoint to the hyper-luxe outerwear: opulent floral jacquard coats trimmed with fur, mink coats printed with stripes, stars, hearts and moons, and colorful astrakhan cropped jackets and capes trimmed in mink. The overall result was extremely appealing in its overwhelming abundance.
Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 was last modified: January 6th, 2016 by thefashionistyle
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