Like a fairy tale that can be told in three parts, Michele rounds out the narrative with the aptly named Epilogue. Unfolded in February 2020, the opening act saw Michele celebrate the ritual of the fashion show by revealing the mystique that lies behind the curtains.
The narrative then built towards an advertising campaign created by the models themselves, for which Michele relinquished control. And now the final chapter culminates in pieces created and worn by members of Michele’s design team. In this extraordinary role reversal, designers instrumental to the collection are transformed into performers fronting the Epilogue.
Amongst this intimate, creative process is a selection of special pieces incorporating the oeuvre of American fashion designer Ken Scott. A resident of Milan in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Scott pioneered many colourful patterned fabrics and collections during his time in the Italian city. Known as the gardener of fashion, Scott favoured large-scale flowers including peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. As Michele himself remarks, Scott was a masterful creator of fabrics, mapping out flowers with romanticism and multiplying them as he transformed them into something that stood out and reflected his eclectic personality.
Today, Ken Scott is a brand under the umbrella of renowned textile company Mantero. Designs from his rich archives as preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation are revived as the leitmotif of the Epilogue. It is a collection defined by vivid colours, floral patterns and ‘70s vibes, with Ken Scott’s prints turning up unexpectedly on fleeces, down jackets, evening gowns, silk accessories and bags.
Colourful and impactful while invoking an exuberant spirit, womenswear staples comprising coats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, blazers and flowing dresses, all feature Ken Scott’s decorative motifs. For men, they can look forward to coats, palace jackets, suits, down- padded outerwear, bowling sets and tracksuit sets spruced up with Ken Scott’s touches.
The Gucci-Ken Scott collaboration also encompasses shoes. For men, a sporty and casual look is favoured. Here the black cotton base fabric is printed with contrasting gold lettering – the initials KS and GG – and mixed with gold and silver flowers. The same material is also used in the Gucci Tennis 1977 – offered as lace- ups featuring the green-red-green House Web stripe and slip-ons – and the Pursuit slide.
Another version of the Pursuit and a Screener sneaker make a powerful statement by tapping into a bright Ken Scott floral print called Giardino d’Aprile – translated as April Garden. The floral Pursuit slide features a large blue interlocking GG on each shoe, while the Screener sneaker has blue heels and a blue-red- blue House Web stripe.
For women’s shoes and boots, there are four different Ken Scott prints – Giardino d’Aprile, Zia, Jenni and Pomponica. Each features bright combinations of flowers in various colours and further detailed with micro Ken Scott and Gucci script logos. These prints are applied to a fabric base to create the materials for Rhyton, Ace and Screener sneakers; slides; Princetown and Jordaan loafers; flats and high boots.
Ken Scott’s vibrant floral prints are applied onto silk and soft accessories as well. Silk carrés are available in an array of sizes in order to maximise the visibility of Ken Scott’s prints, and they are complete with colourful ribbons, refined shawls and stoles, headbands in lamé or cotton, and characterful baseball caps and bucket hats.
And though the Epilogue marks the end of Michele’s trilogy sought to challenge the “grammars through which we try to name the mystery of beauty,” it is in fact an overture to him as the journey sparked new questions and intuitions. It is “a watershed that closes and opens at the same time, a threshold of a new beginning, from which we try to imagine our tomorrow,” Michele offers his reflection.
(All images: Gucci)
This story was first published Prestige Malaysia’s March 2021 issue. To read the latest issue, pick up a copy from the nearest newsstand or subscribe on Magzter.