Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 Women collection is again a continuation of everything Michele has created in the last three womenswear seasons. The key themes of the women’s collection are Stripes and patches, bon ton, chic daywear, furs, patched denim, rock -mantic, tweed, masculine tailoring and evening gowns.
The feathery creatures migrated to bombers, dresses, and bags, morphing into lavish appliqués, intricate embroideries, and shining patchworks. They were joined by a riot of decorations including butterflies, ants, snakes, tigers, swallows, kittens, trees of life, tropical foliage, strawberries, moons, and stars.
The glasses, berets, bows, bomber jackets and retro midi skirts all made a return alongside Gucci’s now-signature appliques and embroidery. Snakes, bees, butterflies, crescent moons and hearts.
A man of details, Alessandro Michele ridiculously impressive knack for straddling the line between vintage and modern. The main prints of the collection are night garden, day garden, pearl flower, new blooms, toucan, rose, heron, tropical, and animal and floral prints (Gucci Gucci, Herbarium and Chevron). The accessories were real stunners here, ranging from delicate skinny gold chokers and Sailor Moon-esque knee boots to lace-up long leather gloves and giant earrings that brushed the shoulders.
Michele’s collaborates with the artist Ari Marcopoulos, who shot the lookbook you see here in a setting inspired by a Pompeian villa, shrouded in a nocturnal atmosphere reminiscent of Flemish painting that was rendered decadent, yet sleek with his ultrasharp use of lightning. The details of the collection are precious toggles, animal patches, pearl buttons, tiger head buttons, embroidered bows, handmade flowers, patched denim and colorful intarsia.
Denim was given a pop ’70s twist with crocheted embroideries; while leather bombers and matching pleated skirts shimmered with metallic accents. A slim shearling coat came bonded in a romantic floral jacquard, complete with an astrakhan collar, thick mink cuffs, and bejeweled frogging.
Glamorous intarsia fur coats in bright colors were paired with demure, pleated midi skirts printed with a carriage motif evocative of an 18th-century pattern. Fairy evening dresses in tiered tulle were sprinkled with a dusting of glitter and embroidered with whimsical patchworks, and oversize pearls were scattered on the heels of punkish spiky gladiator sandals.
Gucci’s signature bags take on a more art room quality this season, covered in hearts, stars and moons. A brilliant variety of texture and colour, the collection had plenty for the eye to see. Everything deserved a second, closer look. If the past is the backdrop upon which Michele paints his vision, it’s imbued with a very modern attitude of individual interpretation. Indeed every item looked like it could be mixed and matched in endless combinations, regardless of season or occasion.