Gucci debuted their Resort 2016 collection in New York City’s art district on June 4, and clearly spared no expense, flying guests in from all around the world just to get a glance of Gucci’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele’s second women’s ready to wear collection. While his history with the Italian brand goes back more than a decade, it’s clear that the Roman-born designer’s goal is to steer the brand in a new and fresh direction.
This fabulous presentation shut down West 22nd street, as the lights, music and garage doors opened it revealed a crowd which included: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ star, Dakota Johnson, Sam Taylor Johnson, designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. With crumbling brickwork and antique Persian rugs plied on the floor end to end the fashion show began with 62 male and female models emerging from a building across the street.
Alessandro Michele’s Gucci collection is bright, colorful, eccentric and without a doubt very retro and reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s era. This Gucci Resort 2016 collection is an extension of his first collection for fall which received some criticism for its vintage pieces; however Alessandro took the extra time to make a few tweaks to this collection.
The Gucci Resort 2016 show kicked off with a chevron-stripe, long sleeve dress and easily this was the most modest look of the entire collection. After that Michele switched things up, flaunting thigh high dresses from the 60’s and even embracing kitschy Americana in the form of a lace dress with Western shirt detailing. Embroidered patchwork was featured on many pieces including the bodice of a floaty evening dress and a man’s corduroy jean jacket; there was no shortage of jewels either.
The models were blinged out with rings and pearls that dangled from their ears. And if that wasn’t enough to get your attention Michele gave fur the staring role, a astrakhan coat in electric fuchsia with a zigzagging brown mink hem definitely stole the show. Joining the boyish, slightly ill fitting pantsuits from his fall collection were trim little skirtsuits in crochet or curly lamb with jeweled closures. Michele chose vibrant colors including mustard, teal, fuchsia, and baby blue to complement the summer season. Many pieces can be worn to the office for work and for a night out or a cocktail party. There is a lot of versatility in this collection.
Along with pleated lace skirts and frilly chiffon minidresses in faded pastel shades, there were long sleeved evening dresses that hit the floor with chiffon ruffles. Beyond the lace dresses and bomber jackets that were trimmed with the signature red and forest green athletic ribbing, there were the traditional lady bags covered in floral motifs, utilitarian monogrammed totes and sturdy-heeled fringed loafers. Michele’s overall message of his Gucci Resort 2016 collection is androgyny mixed with an offbeat aristocratic kind of glamour.
Michele did an amazing job of acknowledging Gucci’s legacy during the Gucci Resort 2016 show. Set your summer to the style of Gucci Resort 2016.
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