Gucci started Milan Fashion Week with a bang, showing a collection that reveals designer Alessandro Michele’s growing comfort with how he wants to represent the label. Described by Michele just prior to the show as “renaissance street style,” his edgy slant reflects an understanding of the street’s connection with and love of the brand, one he is riffing off of and referencing while at the same time creating something new and fresh. And you can’t have one without the other. Too much heritage would be viewed as laurel resting and too much fashion would be the reason why Gucci struggled until Michele took the helm.
All those nice things said, Michele has to be careful with how he expresses his appreciation. The leaping panther featured on one of his tops is the exact same graphic featured on Maharishi’s now-in-stores spring 2016 collection. Maybe it’s just a coincidence but way back with his very first collection for spring 2016, he showed nail rings that were exact replica’s of Bijules’ copyrighted versions. There’s a lot of folks rooting for Michele and it would be smart if he kept his and Gucci’s bank balance of good will in the black.
From the women’s #GucciFW16 fashion show, a plush coat intarsia featuring the GG motif created by #GucciGhost. #GGLive #MFW “I took the most interesting things of @troubleandrew’s and I asked if I could re-customize them. I find it interesting that the GG pattern has made this circle around the world. I customized his work and he says I’m like a doctor who treats them, makes them better. He puts in his culture, I have mine. The two things together are good. Diversity always produces something interesting,”#AlessandroMichele
Spotted in the women’s #GucciFW16 fashion show, a customized biker jacket by artist #GucciGhost aka @troubleandrew. #AlessandroMichele #GGLive #MFW. “@troubleandrew is as much as #Gucci is the brand is, the way he uses the logo of the company is by taking it to the streets, it is interesting how our language, started by a family in Florence nearly 100 years ago can be something very contemporary,” #AlessandroMichele #GGLive #MFW A photo posted by Gucci (@gucci) on
Seen in the women’s #GucciFW16 fashion show, a leather shopper customized by #GucciGhost @troubleandrew, and a black rhombus printed silk skirt. “I think that #Gucci so much bigger than the fashion brand itself. It’s like a language, it really is something that you say as something that means you are doing good. You know ‘you’re #Gucci, you’re good’,” @troubleandrew.