Alessandro Michele, the renowned creative director for Italian brand Gucci, will depart from the fashion house after a seven-year reign as creative director. Alessandro first joined forces with Gucci in 2015 and has since taken fashion in a new direction with his eclectic, innovative, and non-conformist designs and aesthetics displayed through his collections. Read below to explore Gucci’s recent 2022 runway shows showcasing his collections.
The Gucci Twinsburg Fashion Show
For this Milan-based runway show, Alessandro Michele paid homage to his mother (a twin) by exploring the concept of identity associated with twins. The show starts with individual models wearing an array of apparel from Alessandro’s collection walking down the runway. Most notably, Alessandro included archive pieces such as an equestrian-style bag (first presented in the 1980s). The show ended with the revelation that, surprisingly, there were two separate runways walked by twins and lookalikes. Through this, Alessandro aimed to elucidate the illusion of identicality and how clothing emulates different essences on different individuals.
“As if by magic, clothes duplicate. They seem to lose their status of singularity. The effect is alienating and ambiguous. Almost a rift in the idea of identity, and then, the revelation: the same clothes emanate different qualities on seemingly identical bodies. Fashion, after all, lives on serial multiplications that don’t hamper the most genuine expression of every possible individuality.”Alessandro Michele
The Gucci Cosmogonie Fashion Show
The Cosmogonie show occurred at the historical and monumental Castel del Monte in Andria, Italy. The collection presented was centred around the idea that hidden, unknown connections can be highlighted and showcased. Through detailing and embellishment, Alessandro aimed to illuminate the garments displayed. Looks on the runway featured eclectic cuts and shapes and statement accessories.
“A connective structure that lights up the darkness through the epiphany of a constellation”Alessandro Michele
Exquisite Gucci, Alessandro’s collection, aimed to examine the stories that clothing enlightens through various perspectives. The collection, displayed during Milan Fashion Week, incorporated optical mirrors with varying reflections surrounding the walls. Most notably, most looks included the iconic trifold Adidas x Gucci logo or the Adidas three stripes on accessories and garments. The collection features bold patterns and colours, with apparel ranging from fur-lapel blazers to Victorian-style gowns emblazoned with the Gucci x Adidas logo.
“If you ask me, a garment is not, and never will be, just a piece of fabric. It’s rather the means through which we are able to unfold who we really decide to be, it’s how we shape our desires and the ultimate sense of our staying. That’s why I’ve always imagined my collections as films able to convey a cinematography of the present: a score of stories, eclectic and dissonant, that can sacralize the human and its metamorphic ability.”Alessandro Michele