Alessandro Michele is the recently appointed Creative Director for Gucci and his second collection for Spring/Summer 2016 landed with a bang during Milan's fashion week last September. At first glance I wasn't so enthralled as it seemed like a random mix of wild patterns, clashing colors and over-the-top flourishes of sequins, chiffon, lurex and grosgrain. But, as Sara Mower explained @ vogue.com, " His spring lineup was a very much amplified, filled-in, decorated and dazzling accessorized extension of the girly, geeky, vintage-like collection."
Having since seen the clothes in major editorials, blogs and stores my eyes are adjusting and I'm developing an appreciation for the sheer artistry of Mr Michele's new vision for Gucci. Sara Mower also mentions that - "He has been thinking about Italy during the Renaissance and the 1970's...but that his whole point is to express personality and emotion through his clothes." Well, he certainly met and surpassed those goals.
Although not quite my style I applaud this innovative collection and Mr Michele's fearless approach, departing completely from the unending variations on 60's - 70's themes Gucci has been serving up for the past several seasons. I've definitely got my eye on one of those elaborately embroidered shoulder strap bags as the perfect pop for my own more subdued palette.
Photos from Vogue.com & Pinterest
This particular dress has so much going on I included a closeup image below to better see the finer details
Alessandro Michele's exuberant spirit takes the pantsuit to showcase an eclectic mix of colors, patterns and fabrics
Looks fairly demure until you examine more closely the dressmaker details and embroidery as shown in the closeup image below