Alessandro Michele Makes His Gucci Debut, Officially Kicking Off Milan Fashion Week

Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele has presented his fresh vision for the Italian mega-house, opening Milan Fashion Week in glorious kooky-glam style.

Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele has presented his fresh vision for the Italian mega-house, opening Milan Fashion Week in glorious kooky-glam style.

Alessandro’s appointment was only announced a month ago, but as the brand’s former head of accessories, he didn’t even need more time to get to grips with its DNA.

Here’s 4 key trend points we’ll be taking away from the show…

The Leather Midi Rules
Gucci’s declaring the leather midi to be AW15’s must-have staple, delivering their pleated number in no fewer than six incarnations. Take your pick from the glossy saturated colours, work it in a retro print, or try an emerald foil one for evening teamed with a delicate, semi-sheer slip. Dreamy.

Hairy Shoes Are A Thing 
Sometimes the designer gave us just a little, sparing trim of fluff poking out of one of the brand’s iconic loafers. Other times he worked full-on Grinch feet into his luxe look. Whether you’re wearing them to dust around the house (imagine the road-sweeping possibilities) or to a monster ball, there’s no doubting that these are statement shoes to be reckoned with. 

Fuzzy Cuffs Are A Certified Trend
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; fluffy cuffs are going to be everywhere come AW15. We’ve spotted them at Topshop Unique, Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors and more already, but making an appearance on Italian soil cements their status as an actual, proper, definite trend.

It’s Time To Reconsider Ruffles
Alessandro’s teaching us that tiered dresses don’t always have to equate to scary great ‘occasionwear’ confections. No, no, they can be sleek, sophisticated… deconstructed, even. His layers are broken and mis-matched, delivered in solid colours on slender sheath dresses and adding volume in all the right places. 

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