Gucci wows with eclectic menswear line
Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection was inspired by the notion of journeying and adventure.
The line, presented on Monday (20Jun16) at Milan Fashion Week, focused heavily on streetwear, with looks referencing different destinations and time periods. As per the show notes, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele stated that the collection evoked the need for "open-mindedness and possibility", a concept reflected in looks which comprised of two-piece sets, embroidered outerwear, '70s slim-fit suiting, sweater vests, silk kimonos, lace tights and tube socks. A standout ensemble was a pyjama-inspired floral printed suit, with an oversized ‘M’ printed on the blazer, which was accessorised with luxury suede slippers, a white shirt with embroidered collar and black tie. A white jacket printed with an exotic green leaf design also drew attention, particularly as it was styled with a ruffle-necked shirt, navy blue trousers with a white stripe up the side and black leather shoes with an ostentatious buckle. Floral-printed pantsuits were shown with rucksacks, while one model wore a matching silk shirt and short combo printed with Chinese-style dragons, and paired with green striped football socks and pink slippers embroidered with snakes. Michele also added in nods to Gucci’s heritage with logo print T-shirts and bags printed with the iconic double G symbol. His favourite bows were tied to shirt collars, while his penchant for sequined flowers continues, as seen on the front of jackets and suit lapels. The show of course drew in some fashion stars, including American actor Jared Leto, who sat in the front row wearing an embroidered silk bomber jacket and acid bleached jeans.
As with his first shows for Gucci, Michele had both genders wear his designs on the catwalk. From February next year (17), he will show men’s and women’s at the same time, making this his last dedicated menswear show.
"(It’s) better to do everything at once," he told the Financial Times. "I can’t go ahead with this idea that you have male and female shows. It’s kind of crazy."