Under Alessandro Michele’s leadership, Gucci’s aesthetic has been transformed into one of abundance. In just a few short seasons, he’s rendered a remarkably vivid world in which embellishments and details are layered one on top of another, creating a depth of both texture and thought that has found immense appeal with both fashion tastemakers and shoppers around the globe. Michele continues this nascent tradition with Gucci Cruise 2017, which takes many of its aesthetic cues from animals.

Gucci is perhaps more well-known for incorporating elements of the natural world into high-end luxury than any other fashion brand; from the iconic Gucci Bamboo handles to the house’s signature floral prints, the brand’s aesthetic ideals have long gone far beyond the glossy cities where its wares are most often purchased and worn. For Cruise 2017, Michele expands on those ideas, adorning the collection’s bags with everything from bees to Bengal tigers.

We teamed up with Gucci to explore the animals in the brand’s Cruise 2017 collection, which is in stores now. Check out our exclusive photos of each of the animals below, along with other exquisitely details pieces from the collection, and shop the full selection now at Gucci.com.

Bees

The bee is the animal most often associated with Gucci’s accessories details over the years, and for Cruise 2017 it makes a stunning handbag adornment for the Gucci Broadway Leather Clutch when rendered in pearl studs, red crystals and blue enamel over a distressed brass base. The bag itself is simple enough to let the bee detailing take center-stage, but the allover pearls studs and tricolor Sylvie web strap continue Michele’s tradition of intricacy. Buy through Gucci for $2,980.

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Detail: Gucci Sequin graphic dress

Birds

Birds and their extravagant, colorful plumage make a natural source of visual inspiration for Gucci. This season, Alessandro Michele has combined elegant avian embroideries with the brand’s classic, casual Gucci GG Supreme monogram fabric in the Gucci GG Supreme Top Handle Bag, which helps balance the formal feel of embroidery to create a bag that is as wearable as it is detailed. Buy through Gucci for $1,980.

Snakes

King snakes have been a visual element of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci collections from the very beginning, and the Gucci Snake Print Top Handle Bag puts one from and center in a painting-style print over durable textured leather. The snake’s colors echo that of the red, white and blue Sylvie web strap, which is a take on Gucci’s traditional webbing introduced by Michele. The unique, eye-catching snake print also juxtaposes well with the bag’s simple, traditional structure. Buy through Gucci for $1,750.

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Gucci Snake print leather top handle bag

Bengal Tigers

Since his very first collection at the helm of the brand, layering prints over Gucci’s traditional monogram fabric has been a staple of Michele’s sophisticated, complex aesthetic. The layers provide aesthetic depth to everyday bags, and since they change by the season, they’re a hallmark of the constant variation that feeds Gucci’s enormous popularity. For Cruise 2017, Gucci offers an array of bags and accessories in this new Bengal print, and this little Gucci Padlock Bengal Bag is among our favorites. Its size makes it subtle, but the stylized tigers make a big impact. Buy through Gucci for $1,690.

Detail: Gucci Bengal Tiger Product Box

Detail: Gucci Bengal Tiger Product Box

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Gucci Queercore brogue pump & Gucci Leather low-top platform sneaker

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Gucci Embroidered tartan wool skirt & Detail: Gucci Snake print leather top handle bag

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Details: Gucci Queercore brogue pump

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Guest
Guest
5 years ago

these pics are beyond amazing!!!! I actually jumped when i scrolled down to the snake. Love the pics but I’m just not a fan of Gucci’s new direction.

Lori
Lori
5 years ago

These are amazing.

C
C
5 years ago

The Bengal product box is just as pretty as the product itself and the sumptuous details are to die for. I just want to be swaddled in rainbow sequin animal print Gucci goodness for forever!

kemilia
kemilia
5 years ago

Wow, these are incredible. The shoes are like museum pieces!

GoFashiondeals
5 years ago

how gorgeous! like works of art.

Gigi
Gigi
5 years ago

So incredibly obsessed with everything Gucci is doing!

missarewa
5 years ago

Love the tigers but none of these would make me bring out my wallet

chae
chae
5 years ago

I love the snake print

JHH
JHH
5 years ago

The pictures are beautiful but I would not purchase anything here. Price to value/longevity ration is just too skewed for me. Next year, these looks will be dated and done.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
5 years ago
Reply to  JHH

Completely agree. The overly embellished looks are just ones that I feel have staying power.

comfortista_style
5 years ago

Beautiful, but these will eventually look dated. The insta bitches will go gaga over these tho!

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