Watching the Gucci Autumn Winter 2017/2018 show this past fashion week is like stepping into a new dimension: models walking the runway through long glass tunnels and neon lights illuminating the halls encompassing an ominous pyramid in the center. But at further glance, it's impossible not to notice the looks worn by a slew of the models. There are canes, umbrellas, and fanny packs paired with long tiered skirts, turtlenecks, and capes. The space-age granny vibe is from a cutting edge universe, fresh out of the imaginative mind of Alessandro Michele.
Michele's Autumn Winter 2017/2018 collection for Gucci is as much a call for a futuristic fashion movement as it is for a longing of the past. His approach to this juxtaposition of aesthetics is overall an exploration of modesty in an age of seemingly constant reveal- through clothes, personal life, and social life. He questions what it means to be conservative and daring in the same moment, best shown through a sequin full body suit that covers every inch of the body and head, but that creates a curious sexuality in its glittery, skin tight mesh form. The opposition between modern and vintage trends seamlessly mold into a brilliantly unique collection, crafting an other worldly magic that brings character into clothes.
“I’m trying to follow my rules, not fashion rules,” Michele tells Vogue writer Sarah Mower backstage at the show. If one thing is for certain, it is that Michele will always be himself, and that is the ideology that shows through in this collection. Whatever comes next is sure to surprise. From earth to the universe, Alessandro.
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