The audience were thrown into darkness eagerly anticipating Alessandro Michele’s second ready-to-wear collection since being at Gucci. Dramatic music boomed through the show room before the first model stepped onto the Gucci catwalk that featured hot pink snakes slithering down the carpet.
The collection featured clashing 1970s patterns, pussy bows and oversized glasses giving off a sense of the ultimate geek chic.
Classic Gucci ‘GG’ symbols were pleasantly placed on accessories including handbags, belts and backless shoes and the signature emerald green and red hues were used on various different garments securing Gucci’s symbolic look.
The show notes explain that Michele’s SS16 collection was inspired by ‘crossing and exploring urban spaces’ . The reference is to The Carte De Tendre, published in 1654 by Madeleine de Soudery and is described as ‘a map of tenderness, a moving topography of desire’. This particular map was featured on the fabric on a knee-length flouncy dress tied in the middle with a fitted belt.
Michele’s collection offered an explosion of miss-matched colours, patterns and accessories resembling an organised mess that just worked. His position in Gucci’s fashion house is well and truly stable as his SS16 show put his designs on the map once again.