My personal affinity for Gucci bags has flourished with designer Alessandro Michele leading the brand. I’m not alone; seemingly every major fashion insider feels the same way, and I’ve spotted the brand’s bags, clothing and shoes on many of the most stylish men and women in the world.
Sometimes I can’t help but marvel at how quickly Alessandro Michele has taken Gucci and remade it in his image. In the span of only a couple seasons, he’s got my expectations of what Gucci will be so accurately and expertly set that, while looking through the images from the brand’s Fall 2016 runway show, all I could think was, “Wow, it’s all so gloriously Gucci.”
We reported last year that Louis Vuitton and Gucci were leading a monogram comeback, and that continues to be the case. Gucci is probably one of the hottest handbag brands at the moment, with everyone carrying and wearing the brand (including Lady Gaga during her amazing Super Bowl opening with the national anthem).
Everyone has different patterns when it comes to shopping for and carrying bags; some people are brand-loyal, while others tend toward trendy pieces or only let themselves splurge on classics. Actress Naomi Watts, on the other hand, fits into a very specific type of bag pattern: she buys and wears what is essentially the same bag over and over again.
Alessandro Michele’s previous Gucci show may have been relatively light on handbags, but based on the brand’s Spring 2016 runway in Milan earlier this week, that’s not the new creative director’s preference all the time. For the upcoming season, the Gucci Dionysus, among others, are getting a remixed look with lots of extra details.
Alessandro Michele was promoted from head accessories designer to creative director at Gucci just before the Fall 2015 collection was set to debut. Many eagerly awaited the debut of Gucci’s new direction, and Michele did not disappoint; his debut was full of 70s glamor and relaxed luxury.