Taking it to the streets: Gucci resort 2016

Taking it to the streets: Gucci resort 2016

Retro rave

Text: Pakkee Tan

Image: Courtesy of Gucci
Image: Courtesy of Kevin Tachman

Alessandro Michele's second collection for Gucci extends the fun-loving, geek chic vibe of fall/winter 2015 into the new season

Joining the ranks of mega luxury brands showing their resort collections outside the European bastions of fashion — notably, Paris and Milan — the house of Gucci held their first resort presentation in the city that never sleeps: New York.

This marks newly appointed creative director Alessandro Michele's second collection for the fashion house, and under his direction, the Gucci woman is moving away from the va-va voom glamour of recent years and taking a sweet, romantic turn for the future. 

Models were sent down the runway in a mish-mash of eclectic vintage styles reminiscent of the '60s and '70s — the hey-day era of the Italian fashion label — reinforcing the notion that this was a wardrobe of covetable pieces passed down from another time. On the accessories front, maximalist embellishments ruled the roost. Metallic brogues, adorable cat-eye glasses and Baroque-esque jewellery were piled on with lavish abandon; giving one the sense that the models had just raided a treasure trove of vintage jewellery.

"It's a modern translation of decorative. It's one of my obsessions," Michele told WWD. "I tried to put together some beautiful kind of dressing in an eccentric way." 

A continuation of his fall/winter 2015 aesthetic, the resort 2016 collection clearly reinforced the paradigmatic shift that is underway at the luxury label.