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.”
Part of that impression is because Michele is so far more of an overall wardrobe designer than a traditional season-to-season guy; instead of standing alone with distinct themes, the collections work together to move a singular vision forward, which means they’re less seasonally distinct and more long-term cohesive. In a fashion industry that’s desperately trying to find a way to capitalize on runway show excitement, his approach makes a lot of sense in that it doesn’t make what’s in stock now feel instantly dated.
It also means that the collection likely won’t win scores new fans beyond those already converted to Gucci’s baroque-rococo, theme-and-variations ways, but based on consumer reaction to Michele’s collections so far, it probably doesn’t need to.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]