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Alessandro Michele & Gucci : Fashion’s Dark Knight

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016

Alessandro Michele is in the spotlight as the Pied Piper of change—a risk-taker and revolutionary who has not so much wiped the slate clean at Gucci as doodled all over it, colored it in, stuck sequins on it, and tied it up with a grosgrain bow. – Style.com

If you’re like me you’ve been drooling over every single collection from Gucci. Their latest creative force is Alessandro Michele who’s taken the industry by storm and given us a wild shakeup and breakup of old rules and past ideologies. If I had to describe his collections thus far with a single word, it’d be, “fearless.” His artistry reminds me of the late David Bowie. It transcends the ordinary, and invites us to dream wildly.

In Theatres of Memory, Raphael Samule explores the idea of objects as emotion holders [and] traces of the past, as “carriers of discourse from other times into the present.” Caroline Evans borrows this analogy for fashion in my oft-cited favorite book, Fashion at the Edge. She argues that fashion images “can generate new ideas and meanings and themselves carry discourse into the future.”¹ This back-and-forth relay of past and present is important for understanding what trends will surface in the future. For Alessandro Michele and Gucci, this dialogue between past and present has upset the current status quo rather perfectly. The amount of color, texture and emotion that made its way down the catwalk for Gucci Resort 2016 and Gucci Menswear brought the past screaming into the present. It felt as though a great veil had been lifted and the kaleidoscopic traces of 19th century China came into view.

Alessandro Michele’s influence is already making itself known in the collections of veritable design houses, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen, and Emilio Pucci. Their pre-fall 2016 collections are chock full of Alessandro Michele’s energy. I’ve gathered some prime examples below of Michele’s work and paired it with some images from the pre-fall 2016 collections. If you’re not watching Alessandro Michele, don’t waste another moment. He’s here to stay.

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli & Valentino Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Menswear 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Alexander McQueen & Valentino Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Menswear 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Alexander McQueen & Valentino Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Menswear 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Resort 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Gucci Resort 2016
Right: Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Emilio Pucci Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Resort 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016
Left: Emilio Pucci
Right: Gucci Resort 2016

 

Alessandro Michele | Gucci's Dark Horse | Menswear 2016Left: Emilio Pucci Pre-Fall 2016
Right: Gucci Resort 2016

 

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¹ Caroline EvansFashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness (New Haven: Yale University Press) 2003, 12.

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