How incredibly refreshing! Marching to a new beat this Spring 2016 is Alessandro Michele of Gucci. And, Michele is having none of the slick Gucci aesthetic that descended down through the tenure of his predecessor and former boss. Deservingly so, he is in the spotlight as innovator, risk-taker, revolutionary. His Spring Collection is luxuriously gilded, decorated and dazzling, colored in, sequined, girlie, geeky, and all tied up with a grosgrain bow. The results are mesmerizing!
I’d say, “Gucci is clearly on a roll!” This is the fourth straight stellar season, with each piece being another new surprise. To this point, there is so much pattern mixing at Gucci this Spring, that a solid but very detailed dress really was a standout!
Gucci loafers even got pearl-studded heels, damask slip-ons got ridged soccer soles, green boots got flared heels and ghillie laces in blue satin; oh, and a pair of Mary Janes got studs made of bullet casings. Dangerously Genius! That’s just for starters. If Gucci manages to supply even a fraction of all this stuff to its stores worldwide, it could have riotous demands on its hands. Alessandro Michele has brought a radically different culture to Gucci. Here it is, lush but confrontational. The New Punk. - And the sudden arrival of a multicolored, sparkly, life-affirming parade. Move over world, here comes possibility!
This is a season that looks to the past, but imagines it for a new generation! Liberating influences of the 1970's is all about the Band babe!
You're beginning to hear the soundtrack from Almost Famous, aren't you? Yet, a fresh S/S flourishes with sleeker proportions and contemporary finishes. Revisit the rebellious glamour of leopard print, the surprising freedom of a hippy handkerchief hem, mixed prints and chiffon dresses, embellished flares layered with suede jackets, vests and Mongolian fur trimmed bombers, (a la Kate Hudson, swinging her hair to the sounds of Elton John...!)
This Spring may have been built on a long forgotten romance on a road-trip, but It was made for the spirit of now! Band-AIDS included!
(Shown: Alice + Olivia, Coach and Rodarte)
S/S 2016 Accessories we believe, you'll believe in!
1. Carte Blanche, yes literally. The White Bag is the sleek carry all. (Marni)
2. Lord of the Rings - The bold, haute choker graced the runways on a myriad of necks! (Louis Vuitton)
3. Everything is Illuminated... Shine, Spark, Glow head to toe! (Gucci)
Florals are a given this Summer! Embrace the softer side of the season with ethereal florals, breezy, billowing shapes, delicately draped, frothy fabrics and even pretty leathers play in the season’s new prints!
This season the blooming print clash of clothing and accessories is refreshingly emboldening. But for those who prefer to give a more subtle budding bob, simply carrying a classic bag embossed or embellished in florals, will give substance to the seasons new otherworldly options! And options you will have…from dresses fit for a warm night in the city or by the seaside to undulating flower patterns and floral motifs on handbags at Gucci and Coach! So go ahead and play around with whimsy, mixing pretty prints and palettes with Grey Garden abandon!