Gucci Cruise Collection 2016
New Creative Director, Alessandro Michele took the reins at Gucci from his predecessor, Frida Giannini to showcase his second ready-to-wear collection for the brand – resort 2016. With no expense budget, Michele shut down West 22nd Street for the runway show to use a more rustic New York setting as the backdrop.
Models walked the catwalk on an arrangement of Moroccan rugs with a brick wall in the foreground. Staying true to his debut collection comment on wanting women to feel different and special unlike anyone else was visually translated into the inspiring creative collection put forth in the contrasting venue.
As if Michele was trying to make his point on embracing the quirkiness and individuality in women, models looked as if they had been studying in the library all day, but in the utmost stunning wardrobe. Michele brought his love for women reflected in his cruise collection with romantic silhouettes with ruffles, pleats and feminine detailing all with a common retro thread.
High collard necklines with bow closures of floral arrangements and velvet rested on models necks with hair tucked behind models ears appearing as a blank canvas brought into the artistic realm of Gucci. Hints of Americana appeared in lace dresses and Western attributes. Patches reminiscent of the 70s appeared on numerous looks, from maxi dresses to jean jackets. Keeping cohesive with the vintage throwback, leisure suits, chevron checks and fur in fun innovative bright patterns fit right in with hints of nature and floral accents.