THE ALCHEMIST OF HAPPINESS
Alessandro Michele’s first amalgamated show for the men’s and women’s collections (119 looks!) is “an androgynous, hybrid, spurious revolt that saps the foundations of the deadly rigidity of dichotomous thought,” to quote from Gucci’s abstruse show notes. To put it in layman’s terms, with a little help from the thesaurus: in the world of Gucci, anything can happen, and often does. So, when the FW’17 campaign rolled out last month, there were robots, aliens, dinosaurs, earthlings and humanoids. In a collection where past, present and future collide, it really was a case of throwing out the rulebook.
“You don’t have to think anymore if it’s fashion or not. Just do something that belongs to you. And what belongs to me is that I can pick up different things and let them talk, like the alchemist. You take things that apparently have no voice—very trashy stuff from LA, odd things from England, Italian aesthetics, what young guys and girls love—and after, they become gold,” Michele told Tim Blanks during an interview with The Business of Fashion.
As expected, there are millions of things going on with Michele’s more is more is more approach: oversized Oriental-inspired jacquard coats, cut-off AC/DC T-shirts, long coats with Coco Capitán’s aphorisms on the lining, floral-print tracksuits, bat motif jumpers, quirky glasses, over-the-top rings, embellished waist bags, and the list goes on. At times, it can be overwhelming, but it is when you strip each outfit down to its individual parts that Michele’s glorious creativity really shines through.
It’s perhaps only in times like these we can all appreciate an alchemist like Michele who, with his magic touch, turns clothes into gold and infects people all over the world with a desire to wear them. And who says you can’t buy happiness?
all by Gucci. Turban and tank top, stylist’s own.