For his first resort collection as creative director of Gucci, designer Alessandro Michele followed the example of fashion houses like Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton and held a destination runway show, bringing his wares stateside for the first time. At a Chelsea gallery space in New York — complete with exposed brick walls, floors lined with antique-looking Turkish rugs and garage doors that opened to allow models to parade across 22nd street (which Gucci shut down for the occasion) — Michele presented his second womenswear collection for the Italian label, and it's clear that he's settling into his new, eccentric aesthetic for the brand quite nicely.
The show featured 62 looks for both men and women — although many were androgynous enough to work well for either gender — and much like Gucci's fall 2015 collection, there was a strong vintage vibe. There were upholstery-like and quilted fabrics that looked plush and expensive, as well as pieces with traditional lace, crafty crochet embellishments and quirky embroideries that wouldn't look out of place in your (ultra chic) grandmother's closet. The color palette evoked the '60s and '70s, but the addition of funky mixed prints — chevron stripes, florals, landscapes and a psychedelic paisley — kept it from looking dated. There was plenty of play with texture, too, from fur accents on cuffs and ruffled collars to disco-ready lurex and completely sheer skirts, the latter made a bit more modest by layering them over very high-waisted underwear.
Most of the looks were styled with old-fashioned headscarves and bookish, oversized eyeglasses. While the clothing Michele presented on Thursday won't be available in stores for six more months, we're willing to bet that fans and Instagram lookers-on will be experimenting with these old-school accessories much sooner than that.
See the full Gucci resort 2016 collection in the gallery below.