Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The IT-It: Gucci is Back

One day, someone young will look at a picture of you and say, "Wow, you were really pretty when you were young."

One way to disrupt this phenomena is to follow in the footsteps of our legendary eccentrics-- Iris Apfel, Zelda Kaplan or Daphne Guinness. Fact is, that nobody pays attention to your wrinkles when you're dressed exceptionally well.

Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci, articulated the art of eccentric dressing with spectacular success at today's Gucci Fall 2016 runway show, in Milan. The designer said he was inspired by 70s renaissance and this is certainly a re-birth for the fashion house, which hasn't had much direction for more than a decade.

The show's highlights included a riot of of vibrant colors and textures. A monochrome ensemble paired flamingo-pink fur with matching leather gloves, tights and a cross body bag. A teal cape with trompe l’oeil details reigned the runway as marched with oversized spectacles, red tights and a restyled Gucci loafer.

The collection's formalwear offerings were also quite abundant and editorial ready-- ranging from green sequined dresses to feathered skirts and bountiful ruffles cascading from colorful gowns. (Click here to see  our favorite looks from the show.)

The most Instagram-able item was a tote bag designed by Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Trevor Andrew (aka GucciGhost), who is known for tagging the iconic double-G logo on everything from trash cans to tees. The platform Mary Janes and the updated Dionysus bag are also social media ready and a retailer's dream.

These looks won't be in stores for another six months but we can't help from wanting to celebrate the new Gucci. Below are some items from the spring collection that caught our eye. After all, one can only wish to go out the same way as Zelda Kaplan. At 95-years-old she passed away while sitting front row at the Joanna Mastroianni fashion show at Lincoln Center. What fashion lover wouldn't mind going out the same way? The difference is today she would be wearing an ensemble from Gucci Fall 2016.

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