For Alessandro Michele, collaboration has been a big part of his reign while at the helm of Gucci. It’s arguable that his attention to the art of collaboration is as important to him as his exploration of House archives. Michele has wowed the fashion world with a slew of unprecedented collaborations like those with Balenciaga, The North Face and adidas.
Now, Alessandro Michele is exploring the art of collaboration through the lens of friendship, tapping into the House of Gucci’s longstanding relationship with British singer/songwriter Harry Styles.
“The idea of working together came to me one day while we were talking on the phone: I proposed creating a ‘dream wardrobe’ with him, starting from those small oddities that come together in childlike visions. We ended up with a mix of aesthetics from 1970s pop and bohemian to the revision of the image of the gentleman in an overturned memory of men’s tailoring.” – Alessandro Michele
An Exploration of Creative Friendship
The collection is described as a unification of distinct creativities that meet along a shared border. In other words, this collection takes unique creative elements of both Michele and Styles and melds them, combining two different perspectives.
Dubbed Gucci HA HA HA, the collaboration is named after the initials of Harry and Alessandro but also stands for the laughing face emoji which Michele and Styles have ended their messages to each other for years with. A collection defined by a meeting of two creative minds, it also explores the sincerity and dedication of friendship.
A Vintage Vibe
Bearing special branding with a unique Gucci HA HA HA label, pieces from the collection are defined by vintage-esque fabrics and a mix of various aesthetics. There are references to vintage pop and nods to a very bohemian wardrobe, all finished with an attention to men’s tailoring.
The collection was also inspired in part by the ways in which Styles dresses. Michele has observed his unique ability to pair unordinary items together over the years, allowing Michele himself to rethink the process of getting dressed as it relates to one’s appearance.
At its core, Gucci HA HA HA is playful and fun, meant to feel light and unstuffy, not to be taken too seriously. Consisting of jackets, coats, pants, shirts, and accessories, the pieces are a surprising take on classicly masculine items, exploring a unique elegance through clothes. There are unexpected prints on bowling shirts and pajamas, sartorial suits, denim, and more.
The collection also highlights bags, like Gucci’s iconic Bamboo 1947, cheetah-printed suitcases and an embellished version of the Gucci Jackie 1961. The collection’s overall feel screams the 1970s, and it truly is a representation of two of fashion’s most-revered men. Other standouts include long-lined coats and kitschy details like frog fasteners, hearts, and pleats.
Get a first look at the collection below, coming to stores this fall.