If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s certainly Alessandro Michele’s mantra for SS16, which sees him develop his trademark off-kilter aesthetic for Gucci. Walking the line between bookish outsider hiding beneath vast spectacles and a flamboyant bohemian dolled up in her glad-rags, the collection throws together wild prints, clashing colours and opulent fur outerwear for a 70s-inflected atmosphere. Ruffled and tiered creations in gauzy chiffon sit next to pussybow collars and flared pantsuits. Lurex knits are paired with leather skirts and so-ugly-they’re-cool grandma bags you can’t help but covet. Oh, and those furry loafers return, this time with pearl-studded heels. The Gucci of today is like plundering a vintage store for clothes from an era that never actually existed: except, that is, in Michele’s imagination. Long may it flourish.
Ground Control To Major Tom
Alessandro Michele treads a kaleidoscopic path for Gucci SS16.
Lucy Bridge at Streeters using Tom Ford Beauty
Louis Ghewy at The Book Agency using Bumble & Bumble
Saffron Goddard using CHANEL S/S 2016
Yumi Lambert at IMG
Olivier Boivin Carrier, Ruari Horan
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