Introduced for the first time at Pitti Uomo Spring/Summer 2016, the Gucci collection marks new creative director Alessandro Michele’s debut following both Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco’s departures in January and February. Indeed, a very much-anticipated show of the Milan calendar, the offering has been developing over modernity and revival.
With such a short time lapse, Michele introduced the whole matter in a slow and tranquil way, just enough to let the audience adopt and adapts to his rhythm. On the catwalk, the slow procession of Gucci models displayed a conservative but spirited atmosphere, with an accurate eye for minutiae. And if the devil is in the details, it might have been in this Gucci offering: from thin-framed glasses to patterned scarves and embellished bows, Michele emphasized his debut collection on refined accessories.
Yet, the major point of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection is certainly its inspiration drawn from the Thousand and One Nights, with a touch of 1970’s inspiration. Wearing golden babouche slippers, turquoise blouses or robes and sand colour wide-leg trousers, models paid homage to the Middle East markets and clientele, where Gucci have been maintaining its strengthening position for a couple of years. And in order to complete the collection, Gucci Spring/Summer 2016 introduced slimmer and longer shapes with waist-buckled leather trench coats and endless arabesque patterns, a nod to Gucci’s signature moves.