Alessandro Michele’s inexhaustible penchant for rich palette collections has gone to the next level in Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2017 offering, reminiscent of Grey Gardens (the 1975 documentary about two of Jackie Onassis’ relatives). As the former head of accessory design at the Italian fashion house, Michele unsurprisingly adds a series of additional extras layered upon the pre-fall garments. The exaggerated Gucci optics and rhinestone-encrusted sunglasses are still present in the line-up––they’ve certainly stood the test of time for a fall and spring collection. However, this pre-fall season sees the premium headscarf take center stage in the Gucci accessory remix.
Wrapped tightly around the head, resulting in a double knot at the front of the crown, or pinched into a bow-knot, the silk scarf makes a play for being mainstream cool across cultures. Then there’s the elaborate knitted balaclava in a riot of stripes and shaggy wool; only for the brave.
The lookbook was shot in the Antica Libreria Cascianelli and the Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria della Scala, two historic locations––one a specialist art history bookstore, the latter a 16th century apothecary allegedly used by numerous popes.
No detail is wasted under Michele’s creative direction, so the bookish heritage setting and traditional head coverings did indeed serve as a marker of things to come for Gucci’s Fall 2017 offering. Look out for the clever blend of outrageous clashes of print and ornate accessories, but ultimately modest ensembles that are wearable for those who want to ooze fashion charisma.