In honor of the historic final men's runway show for Gucci, today we're talking about Alessandro Michele's spring and summer 2017 anthology, because next year he will combine both men's and women's collections. No surprise, really, because since this news-making, brand-reshaping, earth-shaking designer took over the iconic label in January 2015, every collection has been gender fluid.
Ever since Michele came on the Gucci scene I have been addicted to his work. It's enveloping. There's no turning away from the show, not for one second. He's tapped into this place in the design universe that is so... utterly now, like no one else.
I only wish I could find a super-secret key that would open the hidden Tardis doors to the gilded Gucci wardrobe. I want to live in there. Every piece is swoon-worthy. And androgynous. I could easily—and happily—wear any of the men's collection from the rosebud suit and tux to the dusty rose smoking slippers with snake appliqué to those divine (divine!) embroidered trench coats.
I dig the theme, too—the modern British nerd is all grown up after having traveled the globe, and he's confident, and he can afford Gucci. No doubt someone's gonna regret calling him four-eyes.
Michele's finger is unerringly on the pulse of the elemental vibe of the world. Not only does he create intriguing gender-ambiguous collections, he also dresses a transgender model and actress for his runways: Hari Nef, who has a very cool Instagram account. Check it out, and a few highlights from the runway here:
And! If you didn't see the recent article in T, The New York Times' style magazine, it's all about Michele and Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga and Vetements. Read it here.