Runway Report: Gucci Fall 2015

Everyone has been curious to see what designer Alessandro Michele would deliver for his first collection behind the helm at Gucci. Seating cards gave a hint with the words of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, stating “those who are truly contemporary are those who neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demands…” And the words certainly rang through with Michele’s vision for FW15, which struck a balance between retro and contemporary, traditional and avant-garde, and anything but expected for the Italian fashion house.  With a cast of characters straight out of Wes Anderson’s film archives, Michele delivered a romantic and eccentric vision for the future of Gucci.

With collars adorned with flowers and bows emblazoned with bumblebees, long pleated skirts in leathers and velvets paired with sheer swiss dot lace camisoles, military jackets and oversized furs, and suiting with pajama white piping and envisioned in oversized florals, it was a collection full of unexpected pairings and surprising details.  Styled with family heirlooms meet vintage shop scores vibes, every piece seemed to have a unique history just waiting to be told. Models donned berets and turbans, antique gold rings, and tortoise frames to complete the story.  And the footwear? Gucci’s gold horsebit adorned loafers morphed into fur lined and heeled slippers and clogs, in designs that surely pointed that Michele was ready to shake things up. Ever an advocate for the visionary and the risk taker, we can’t wait to see how Michele’s vision continues to evolve next season.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.