Oh Gucci, lately you are the only bloody thing on my style mind. My wardrobe wish-list scribblings include your Marmont shoes, colourful furs and your gorgeous metallic pleated skirts. Never did I think I would ever be lusting after a bit of ‘Granny chic’, but when a new creative director comes into Gucci Town and throws some metallic and glitter on it all, then I’m hook, line and sinkered! Following on from my last post here ‘Glorious Gucci – the story behind the brand’, I’m bang up to speed now with Gucci’s momentous history. They are moving away from the sumptuously sexy Tom Ford era and have left behind the Frida Giannini days of the sexy Italian cuts and tailoring. Gossip was in full-frenzy mode in the fashion world following the abrupt exit of Giannini just before her Fall/Winter 2015 collection was about to show. The design house appointed their new creative director, Alessandro Michele, to reign supreme over the billion dollar luxury Italian brand.
The Mighty Michele
All hail Alessandro Michele who was crowned creative director for Gucci in 2015. The fashion world was apparently surprised at this decision as Alessandro Michele was considered to be a relatively unknown designer to front the brand. This man is something else in my book. I adore his instagram feed (@lallo25 ) that clearly documents all of his influences, particularly those of the Renaissance and the Baroque. The Italian designer, wears his hair long & loose in a romantic manner yet adorns himself in rock star-worthy man jewellery and metallic’s. Michele clearly loves that Italianate mix of patterns, prints and embroidery, all of which we have seen in his subsequent collections for Gucci. There is no set form he follows. I adore his eccentricity and use of his personal influences in his work. His quirkiness has arrived at Gucci and I absolutely adore it. It would have been such a joy to have seen him interviewed at the Vogue Festival, London, back in May’16.
Alessandro Michele, Roman born, originally trained in Rome to be a costume designer but then went into fashion design. At the age of 25, he went to work with Silvia Venturini Fendi, and considers the Fendi Baguette bag “exactly my idea of ‘relic’ – this is what I’m trying to do for Gucci” (interview with Alexandra Schulman- Vogue Festival). Do you remember the Fendi Baguette? I actually recall being in the Selfridges handbag dept in 2001 weighing up the idea of not eating, drinking or paying rent for a month to bloody buy one!!
Alessandro Michele joined Gucci in 2002 working for Tom Ford in London. Gucci approached and appointed Michele following the departure of Giannini, and it was said he only had a week to create a replacement Men’s collection, with a Fall’15 womenswear collection to be presented a month later.
During the fabulous Vogue Festival Interview with British Vogue Editor in Chief Alexandra Schulman, Michele spoke of fashion: “Fashion is not about product, it’s about an amazing idea that you try to understand. It’s about something that you fall in love with and you can’t resist buying. I think the market is really ready for something different. Fashion is about clothes and colours – it’s not serious; I’m not serious. I try to have fun always.”
*Source: kindly permitted to use the above photograph taken by Lee Wallwork, Graphic designer and app produce at British Vogue @leewallwork and www.leewallwork.com Lee told me that the talk was very inspirational and a highlight of the festival.
Alessandro Michele has incredible style. He does what most style gods and goddesses do, in my book. Like the style greats (and I would include Kate Moss in this category) he picks out one or two bold items and keeps everything else in his outfit simple, classic, and cool. It appears that his pieces are not saved just ‘for best’. If you just look at how he wears the Gucci Statement bomber Jacket for his Vogue interview, he doesn’t create some elaborate ensemble. He doesn’t wear it in a stiff, uptight manner. Instead he wore it with some roughed-up straight-leg jeans and a regular ordinary white T-shirt. He looks like he effortlessly selected some jewellery and nailed the quirk essence with his sports socks and Mary Jane shoes. Simple, effortless, cool and stylistic to perfection. Top Marks for your eccentric quirk and style, Alessandro Michele. I absolutely bloody adore you!
The Gucci Store Experience, Toronto
On my recent trip to Toronto, I managed to sneak a couple of kid-free hours and had a fab time peeking around the Gucci store at Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale. It was heavenly! Absolutely bloody gorgeous. So many stunning pieces. The staff were lovely and happily joined me in skipping around ‘ooh-ing and ahh-ing’ over the treats displayed as we shared our admiration for certain pieces. Look at these stunners I snapped of the Gucci Fall/Winter 2016 ready to wear collection.
The Vintage inspired coat I love this navy and red gem. The best bit is that I immediately thought of my friend who has one almost identical. Her coat is a true vintage italian 1960’s coat that her late Italian Grandmother gave her. I literally stand drooling at it when she wears it. I love the fact that Michele has honoured and reworked Italian classic style but has added plenty of his unique quirk to entice the rest of the world!
The Crazy Cat Lady moment is here! I absolutely love these. The embroidery is incredible. They’re bloody bonkers and the jumper has the best stripe to make me smile. But in true Michele style, they would look fabulous worn with a pleated skirt and heels or jeans and Gucci Marmonts. The colour and eccentricity of these pieces will win over the heart and wardrobe of anyone in favour of individual and creative style.
The Colourful Furs combine the traditional fur coat shape and texture with modern eccentric colours and embroidery. Bloody gorgeous!! There is no escaping the controversy of fur within the fashion world. But even if you have mighty strong feelings on this topic, no one can criticize Gucci for its influence on the high street and street wear fashion. Make way this season for plenty of coloured faux fur in classic shapes that will add pop and life to any outerwear wardrobe.
The Gucci Bags are reworking the signature GG and giving a nod towards the traditional canvas war time Gucci ‘GG’ bags with their striped straps. I love the introduction of a modern twist in the form of the colourful kitsch embroidery and the eccentric snake in the colours of the exact stripes!
Loving the stunning reds and opulent designs.
My Gucci Wishlist
So my glorious Gucci shopping list (pending that cash windfall. C’mon baby!!) would have me bagging all these beauts! Whats on your list?
The Jacket Jeepers bloody creepers. This. This stunning Jacket. I know my kids would fall about laughing if I came home wearing this with my levis and trainers. But, this is the bees bloody knees of all jackets. Amen. Jeans and flats or skirts and heels. Red lips and full on ‘own it’ attitude, this is the jacket of dreams.
Ending with a Flic Pic and #wiw
No, I didn’t win the lottery this week. No, I didn’t buy anything in Gucci and yes, I’m trying to rack my brains of ways to save up for the Gucci Marmonts that will not leave my style subconscious. The Marmot metallics, the reds, the suedes…HELP!! But in the meantime here’s a bloody good laugh for you. Yes, it’s Summer and yes, it’s 40c out here in Canada and yes, looks what’s arrived on my door step….a bloody coloured fur coat. Woo hoo!!
I bagged this Boden beaut in the sale 70% off. I can hear my Dad saying “bloody Warsaw, I think there’s a reason things go on sale, Flickers”. I admired this coat last winter but didn’t order it as I was too busy and hell-bent on saving like crazy for my Bella Freud jumper. But as soon as I stepped out of Gucci, mesmerized by those colourful furs, I knew I had to go check and see how the ‘Pippa coat’ was faring, was it still available at Boden? Had it made it to the clearance section?
Wearing: Gap Navy tank, Gap denim shorts, Swedish Hasbeens sandals, Karen Walker sunglasses & the sublime Boden Pippa Coat.
Of course, its striped and furry (surprise-surprise, in my best Cilla Black accent). But I admired it from afar last year for being so cheerful and unique. After following my dreamy tour of the Gucci store, the fashion side of my brain was ticking and marking out a golden spot in my wardrobe for the colder temperatures that will creep up on us in a few months time. Coloured statement fur will hit us right between the eyes next season. Of course, one day I’d love to have the means and ways of having Gucci pocket-money, yet, I’m not ashamed of being a full-time working Mum whose pocket-money is not always her own. So, in the mean time, I will take those Gucci shop experiences and influences under my wing and treasure them. Despite my kids rolling around the garden laughing and yelling “look, it’s the Sully Monster”!