Alessandro Michele Took the Quirkiness to the Next Level for Gucci Pre-Fall

The collection's motifs include, but are not limited to, cats, castles, snakes, butterflies, florals, celestial bodies and lots of birds.
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The collection's motifs include, but are not limited to, cats, castles, snakes, butterflies, florals, celestial bodies and lots of birds.
A look from Gucci's pre-fall 2016 collection. Photo: Gucci

A look from Gucci's pre-fall 2016 collection. Photo: Gucci

Since landing the job as creative director of Gucci back in January, Alessandro Michele has not only completely reinvigorated the Italian house with his eccentric, vintage-inspired designs, but he's also helped the Kering-owned label increase its sales in a significant way. (In fact, the sell-through was so high on Michele's first two collections that Gucci executives decided that the pieces would not be discounted during sale season.) Over the past year, we've grown to love the "high-glam geek" aesthetic that characterizes the brand's shows and look books, from the interior design — Eastern rugs, plush, patterned upholstery, magnificent furniture and plenty of foliage — to the clothes themselves, which are at times so visually arresting that we don't know where to focus our eyes first.

Continuing where he left off in the spring, Michele presented a pre-fall range that, despite seeming a bit chaotic at first glance, is cheerful, clever and impressively cohesive. As with Gucci's last few collections, every piece looked as if it could have been stolen from your granny's closet and paired with whatever struck your fancy. For instance, a striped cat sweater is paired with a fringy skirt in a clashing shade; a rich brown fur is sprinkled with intarsia stars and hearts in rainbow colors; a sporty, satin bomber jacket is layered overtop a striped lurex maxi dress; a map-print blouse with a baby pink pussybow is tucked into a floral brocade skirt; and mixed metallics made for a look so shiny it probably has blinding potential. But that's not all! Nature-inspired appliqués of butterflies, rabbits, snakes, flowers, pineapples and more are splashed on every piece imaginable, from denim trousers to furs to handbags. Other recurring accessories included candy-striped mittens, metallic boots and long gloves, as well as Michele's standbys: berets, oversized flowers and glasses. 

We'll admit, you'll probably have to click through the collection more than just once in order to fully appreciate every detailed look. But he's managed to find a winning method in his madness. See the full collection in the gallery below.