How convenient that Gucci is first up and that Alessandro Michele parked his clown bus in Milan and is now ready for boarding!
I’m not sure what this guy is thinking but I do know he has surely raised the bar when it comes to unappealing clothes and per chance might be nicknamed the ruffle king or well, queen if you will! Apparently there is no end of cartoon clothes in his repertoire and one surely can’t get overly excited over trompe l’oeil ... again and leg o’mutton sleeves… again and then of course a fur trimmed cheongsam. I can say that apparently “we” have toned down the fashion freak stuff... not a lot but apparently sales might be entering the picture... you know... like you gotta sell this stuff not just show it, but don’t be dismayed as there is plenty of stuff that defies the imagination.
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Let’s speak about several of the gowns that can only be described at hillbilly drag queen clothes or maybe inspired by Priscilla, you know queen of the desert! The one with the pastel feathers sort of reminds me of Janis Joplin on an acid trip which is actually a compliment. Next we can move on to coats with half sleeves and ruffles of which were of epidemic proportions that seem to find their way to every article of clothing and appendage possible and usually not in a very flattering way. One might think that “the kid” is at a crossroads deciding what the next step is as there seems to be a sliver of possible salability within this souk of a collection. Can we move onto “ewok” fur trims or coats or pastel furs... again… the few original thoughts that are present are more like delusions or nightmares. You know ewok worked on “mules” so why not coats?
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Okay then we move on to these “Guinevere” Knights of the Round Table veiled hats, heavy reliance on Gucci stripes and bamboo handles for handbags and lastly the 40’s inspired open toed shoes. It is like a history of western civilization all in one show. This whole aesthetic evades me but what doesn’t evade me is that this is toned down in comparison to the cartoon clothes that he has been churning out since he started. On a personal note, it is my experience that clothes usually benefit when seen in the store on an up close and personal basis but once again he shatters that since here, the clothes are actually worse when seen in person.
By the way, have you seen one celebrity who looked comfortable in these clothes and if you are targeting a “young” client why on earth are you pushing an almost menopausal Nicole Kidman to wear these frocks in public.
PS … when in doubt, do suits! Soon he will be “doing” Frida! And that sale that wasn’t going to happen ... watch for it! One last thing ... yawning !!!!