Alessandro Michele has firmly placed Gucci in the 70’s and his set for the Spring collection was a carbon copy of a discotheque from the disco-charged decade. The entire venue was pretty in pink: not unlike many of the designs on display nor the iconic Italian fashion house’s pieces since the raven-haired dynamo assumed his role at its Creative helm.
Though love might not be exactly what you were looking for when you headed out to Studio 54 back in the Seventies, it was certainly on the agenda for Michele. Multi-finger rings, the oversized pleat cuffs of cropped trousers, and the transparent collar of a high-neck gown featured red, embroidered “Loved” text, while a black and beige tulle confection boasted an embroidered heart with a dagger through it. Seemed pretty synonymous with the way the world feels about Gucci currently—madly in love with its designs though not always able to make that infatuation plain due to high-fashion price points.
We’re quite aware that florals for the season are far from groundbreaking, but it was fun to see the way the house riffed on them for Spring. A head scarf in the nature-loving print felt like retro at its finest when paired with the assortment’s embellished shades, while a yellow, single-button suit had the pattern embroidered on its flap collar and sleeve cuffs for a red carpet-ready spin on the classic pairing.
As Michele is wont to do, some of the looks were complete visual overload: utterly unwearable in their runway form but definite fun for over-the-top fashion lovers.
Suiting had a slew of iterations including a vest with a deep scoop neck and matching cuffed pants, a navy duo with orange trim and a longline blazer, a timeless black tux for the gents, and a short set with time-honored dragon embroidery.
Bows added a sugary sweet taste to the collection—accenting otherwise sultry sheer gowns, dresses already brimming with embellishment and fanciful detailing, the tie-neck of a striped lace blouse that could actually work for the office, and the collar of a contrarily preppy menswear ensemble.
Michele had a real love affair with sporty chic, contrast stripe leggings—yes, the kind you might wear to the gym or out on a weekend with an oversized t-shirt and sneakers. He placed the athletic anchors under a double-breasted, floral jacquard tuxedo-inspired dress, a ruched floral tunic, a blush babydoll dress, and a single-button, floor-grazing coat a in bow-accented lace-up iteration.
And how could we forgot the accessories? Sequin-embellished booties with barely visible peep-toes, lace tights with bow-detailed cutouts, flatforms given flair with snake motifs, graphic “future” emblazoned shoulder bags: nothing is off-limits in the world of Gucci.
Celebs are flocking to Gucci like never before—be it for the brand’s statement-making accoutrements or its jaw-dropping gowns. I fully expect to see fans including Beyoncé, Margot Robbie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kourtney Kardashian in these wares fairly soon at fashionable parties, movie premieres, and on the red carpet.
Thoughts on the latest from Gucci?