Quoting T.S. Eliot, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time,” Gucci followers know that they are in for a treat with several travel-inspired pieces. Apart from that, the collection also helped us understand Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, who has evidently made his mark on the Italian fashion house, a little better. Thus, let us now explore what Michele has in stored for us in its latest offerings:
According to show notes, the collection is all about an explorer’s journey to unknown lands, discovering and picking up foreign manners and things along the way. You see lavishly embroidered greek mythology creatures as well as oriental detailing on shirts and loafers. One of my favourites is the use of Greek script seen for the first time in Michele’s collection, embroidering the name of the Graeco-Egyptian deity Serapis – Σέραπις – on the back of several jackets.
The Runway Set
The Gucci’s Spring Summer fashion show was showcased in an entirely jade green space, adorned with a crimson snake on the runway’s floor, the iconic symbol of the Italian fashion house.
The label’s new DIY service was flaunted on the runway too. Pieces were embellished with an M (for Michele, of course,) and will be available for customisation with the buyer’s own personal initials.
The Royal Tenenbaums
If you are a follower of Michele’s creative flow, you would know that he is a fan of The Royal Tenenbaums, a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson (remember his first official collection for Fall 2015, which drew instant comparisons to a series of wannabe Margot Tenenbaum, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, in vintage-looking fur coats and Ivy League loafers?). Thus, it is no surprise that for this season, Michele has decided to use Scalamandre’s iconic running zebra and black arrows prints, which famously covered the walls of Margot Tenenbaum’s bedroom.
Yes, you see it right, Disney’s extremely short tempered yet highly optimistic and loyal Donald Duck. Having used Snoopy for its previous season, the adorable cartoon character has been immortalised onto one of Gucci’s sleeveless sweaters for this season.