Milan Fashion Week: Gucci Autumn/Winter 15
Alessandro Michele's womenswear debut
Gucci's new creative director, Alessandro Michele, demonstrated a change in direction for the luxury Florentine brand (in accordance with his risky menswear offering last month.) The Autumn/Winter 15 collection has moved away from the Italian Rivera style aesthetic that oozed sex-appeal and glamour, that was Gucci's core identity for so long: "There is nothing from the archives," explained Michele, who this season, has boarded the train for the big city. Indeed, the collection and even the underground subway set that served as the runway, represent Michele's fascination with a more urban and younger sensibility.
With bohemian floral prints adorning soft whimsical pleated cape dress, and mid-calf skirts in pleated red leather and metallic green, this collection certainly retains Gucci's chic and luxurious legacy but with the theme: "The Contemporary is Untimely," and Michele's apparent penchant for the etherial loose silhouette in this seasons dresses, we can see the desire to speak to a slightly more 'hip' Gucci woman: "It's just a relaxed and chic way to dress," said Michele, inspired by the diverse fashion voices from the likes of New York and London. "The cities tell more than what I can imagine."