GUCCI FALL-WINTER 2015 GENDER EVOLUTION
‘Those who are truly contemporary are those who neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demands. In this sense, they are never at home in the present moment. But precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than others of perceiving and grasping their own time. Contemporariness, then, is that relationship with time that adheres to it through a disconnection.’ (G. Agamben)
GENDER BENDER - and Michele continues on with the trend of evolving sartorial wear for men and women. Structured blazers and trousers typical of menswear layered with soft fabrics and pussy bow blouses balance the look. It brings sensuality to a whole new level, definitely something we haven't seen from this famed house. Will it last? Only time will tell but I have to say I'm onboard.
Gucci's show notes features the above quote from Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. This in itself already showcases Michele's intention to disconnect - whether it be from the old world Gucci or from the sameness that has plagued the fashion world of late. The collection attempts to create an interplay between the relics of Gucci's past with a future that is deemed new and breakthrough - generating buzz that freed up a stagnating house, reviving it to new possibilities.
Looking at the collection closely though I was left confused. Michele's Menswear debut was something I personally loved. It gave a distinct & new identity to the Gucci man over and beyond the passe sexed-up versions 2 predecessors ago. The Gucci woman – at least to me – is still a question mark. I think it’s good that Michele pushed the boundaries with this collection, if only to make people think and reconsider the brand again in their sartorial choices. Further there were stand out pieces that you know will catch the folly of fashionistas world over such as the floral blazers, those gorgeous and luscious rings and of course that beautifully made dress with bird embroidery. That said I couldn’t help but still wonder – who is the new Gucci woman? I was left confused as the presentation felt a bit too nostalgic or even too niche. First words that came to my mind – she’s an aristocratic bum? A struggling artisan? Definitely mind-boggling if that was what Gucci was running after but I’m interested to see where Michele will take the famed house post this collection. So for now I shall wait with bated breath!
NUDE BABY - voyeurism has been a consistent trend throughout fall-winter collections and Gucci has jumped on the bandwagon. Will it translate into wardrobes cum the season - that we shall soon find out - but I must say it evokes a sense of rich sexiness that just plays with one's senses. Time to get into shape if you want to don one of these babies.
BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL - statement prints that command attention - hell yes! It's been a while since I've lusted over something with prints but these pieces are definitely something to lust after. Specially in love with the black dress with the embroidered bird - a stand out sexy piece that is an evening dress must have.
PHOTOGRAPHY from Gucci