Is sexy dead? The fashion world is abuzz today with opinions flying about the debut womenswear collection from new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, who replaced Frida Giannini earlier this year and presented an unabashedly androgynous menswear collection that had been created in mere days.
Michele may not be a blue chip name (yet), like those that were rumoured to be in the running for the role (Ricardo Tisci, Christopher Kane) but the effect is the same: this the dawn of a new Gucci. Adios teensy sex-pot dresses and high-octane glamour; Sayonara killer femme fatales with huge hair…
This new Gucci girl is quirkier, younger, more bohemian, with an inner geek and a romantic soft side. He dressed his bookish new muse in clothes with a vintage allure — think sheer Seventies flower-child dresses, prim schoolteacher skirts and slouchy mannish trouser suits.
We loved the art student mix of high and low – the army surplus coats with cuffs rimmed in vivid mink; the prim proportions of a red leather skirt with sunray pleat inserts that was worn with a gauzy tulle blouse and silk flower necklace; the chocolate fur coat that would have Margot Tenenbaum in a flap, which was worn over a midi-length green pleat shirt and barely-there sheer top, and styled with glasses and raspberry beret (no, really).
And the accessories? Furry. Gucci’s signature horse-bit loafer got a makeover via fur linings, while there were swooshy, furry looking flat slippers. The Gucci girl of old would never have worn flats. But we bet she wanted to.
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