Gucci A/W 2016
Mood board: Crafted, crusted, curated, kooky and couture are all words that come to mind to describe Alessandro Michele’s most recent menswear effort for Gucci. Though still heavily inspired by the past, the mood is as zany and creatively free as any present day art studio, with a wild spirit spinning through impeccably crafted, highly original clothes.
Best in show: In a collection where everything looks hand made and one of a kind, it’s tough to pick just one standout. But of all the superb pieces, the outerwear in particular was sensational. Michele went over the top with his embroidery work, sewing intricate threaded and beaded scenes into everything from denim jackets and velvet pyjamas to wool grandma coats and leather flight jackets. The highly crafted masterpieces looked as right for the boys as they did for the girls who modelled a preview of Michele’s pre-fall collection.
Finishing touches: The accessories were poured over every model like a treasure bounty adding another quirky layer to already very individual clothes. There were knitted ski hats with pom-pom ear flaps, Renaissance looking rings on three or four fingers at a time, Victorian-esque jewelled hair clips (for boys), tinted nerd glasses, embroidered socks, studded heel loafers and a reprise of Gucci’s furry mule loafers that have become a sensation since Michele introduced them last year.