In the year-plus since he took over as creative director, Michele has made pretty and frilly designs the centrepieces of the Gucci wardrobe, with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore among those spotted on red carpets in Michele’s more romantic creations.
In this collection, long diaphanous dresses flowed from an embroidered silk asymmetrical off-the-shoulder bodice or finished in a boa rainbow. Ruffles were no longer only an accoutrement but the very architecture of the looks, from a tiered black ruffle and lace number with Michele’s trademark snake winding up the neckline, to a layered red ruffled cape.
One dress exemplified Michele’s aesthetic: a sheer aqua gown with puffy, princess sleeves and golden belt that had its femininity toughened with athletic wear accents: a panther sequin logo on the bodice and No.
Ultra-feminine pink and aquamarine created the air of a 1950s housewife out on the town in some of the softer looks, including a mini-length furry coat, while architecturally puffed shoulders updated jackets, from the Gucci trench to a leather bomber, with an edgier feel.