It was only a year ago that Alessandro Michele took creative control of Gucci's fall 2015 men's collection in less than a week amidst rumors and uncertainty about the future of the Italian house. Oh, how much as changed. At Gucci's fall 2016 men's runway show in Milan on Monday, Michele's now signature vintage/bookish/ornate style was on full display. There were embroidered satin bomber jackets, new moccasin fabrics, a David Bowie tribute and headwear with all kinds of flourishes. In addition to the floral patterned suits and embellished gauzy dresses we've come to expect from Michele's Gucci, there was also plenty of western, gaucho vibes in cropped boxy jackets and yoke shirts. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
The color palette heavily focused on reds, oranges and pinks, as evident in the embroidered and sequined outerwear throughout the collection.
A bee or wasp patch popped up on several handbags, and a clutch featured a large sequined butterfly. (And, yes, that's a "Peanuts" T-shirt.)
Gucci showed several new iterations of the wildly popular slip-on moccasins — including woven plaid and floral jacquard — which will surely pop up on the streets in fashion weeks ahead.
Michele's lavish aesthetic is a head-to-toe approach, and this collection featured a wide range of headwear, including a simple brimmed hat that recalls Pharrell's famous Grammy's style and delightful ball-cap beanie hybrids with dangling knit pom-poms. Will the women's collection pick up on the western vibes, chunky cardigans and sweeping ponchos (as modeled in the show by Hari Nef) that Michele debuted here? We'll see come February, back in Milan.
See the entire Gucci fall 2016 men's collection below.