It’s said there is just a few designer dictating trends. The rest of them is well, following or walking their own path making their own things. None of them is wrong we need clothes, inspiration and diversity. But those few is who is making the hype. The trends if you will.
In this era one of this this persons is undoubtedly Alessandro Michele (the other one is Demna Gvasalia with Vetements and Balenciaga) who was working at Gucci over 10 years, pretty invisibly. He said he had been about leaving the fashion house when the offer found him. And what a great offer it was. I mean for everyone. Because since then there is no stop for Gucci, sales are growing faster then ever. Everybody wants the Gucci feeling, or at least a piece of it. He conquered people who were back and forth for minimalism or edgy tomboyish style with just doing his own thing. His own maximalist vision.
The three RTW collections from Alessandro Michele since 2015 via vogue.co.uk.
And what is that? Clothes with pretty ordinary cut, nothing we’ve never seen before. Actually we kinda saw everything before, what we needed was that new feeling what he envisioned. Every colors of the rainbow, meticulously worked beautiful details like flowers, plants, birds, tigers and bees. Knitted, silky and jacquard everything, midi skirts, loafers and pump which our granny would applause. Sequins, prints, embroidery, shiny metal details, frills ruffles and layers. Mixing anything with everything. All of this with the highest quality. A feast for the eyes and the soul. Is it too much? Quite so, but it’s what the world needs right now apparently.
Everybody is wearing Gucci accessories probably with some Vetements or Celine.
I wrote about it here and I still think it’s true, I’m more of a minimalist kinda girl. I believe the less is more principal. Yet, here I am, adoring what he is doing. I love every color, every animal and flower embroidery. Well, not everything on me obviously but I’d accept a pair (or two) Princetown loafers and Dionysus bag without hesitation. Moreover, I’d accept that backless Princetown with all the silver and jade colored embroidery bees and vivid red basic color what I saw on a girl commuting on the Tube (see it below for yourself).
Gucci accessories are to die for. Everything is a classic with a bit of modern twist.
Was her style close to mine? Not at all. She was wearing a denim playsuit over a small top, big round shades and even bigger golden loop earring and pink (which seemed a) Mansur Gavriel Circle bag and probably some more mixed jewelry but I wasn’t able to observe everything. LOL. 🙂 I would never wear any of these and surely not together, yet she looked good and the loafers were the icing on the cake.
The main elements of her outfit.
Actually she looked so good that she’s still in my head. And it’s mostly because of the Gucci loafers and that interesting styling. Probably she wasn’t a total Gucci woman either but she found something beautiful which she could identify herself with. Which I could identify myself with too. Just imagine them with some more simple outfit, some black frayed Levi’s, leather jacket and white tee for example. Or beige oversized jumper and ripped skinny jeans. Or denim skirt and grey tee or hoodie. Or black leather culottes and black tee. Or… I could continue but I think you get the point. They would give an instant upgrade to any outfit. And they’re practical too.
The most interesting thing is that Vetements androgynous, tomboyish deconstructed and reworked vision is still closer to my basic style. And it’s not easy to find the similarities between the two as while at one of them is everything about the romantic and nostalgic Italian Dolce Vita then the other is about bittersweet post communist reality. While Gucci is about making ordinary clothes extraordinary with a lot of bliss then Vetements deconstructs everything in order to create something new, something more exciting.
Look for the differences. Again via vogue.co.uk. 🙂
And both of them are working. Because both of them wants to give a vision, a vision of a lifestyle a feeling which we want to connect to. I can totally project this to me. While I’m one of a rather pessimistic but cunningly clever post communist nation (aka Hungarian) myself who can feel every bit of the Vetements collections and what is behind it, I still find that Dolce Vita pretty fascinatingly attractive.
The guys, Demna Gvasalia and Alessandro Michele behind everything what’s ‘trendy’ now.
So a lot of Vetements style with a bit of Gucci and a bit of Celine what is another favorite of mine. Mixing minimalism with bittersweet sarcasm and a touch of playful twist. Balancing between feminine and masculine, edgy and soft, black and white. What is personal taste if not this? The question is how much sugar from here and how much pepper from there I guess. Everything is about balancing between where we are from and what we brought with us and where want we go and what we want to take with us.
Maybe I give to this idea too much meaning. But I’ve always thought fashion and style helps to represent who I am or who I want to be. It’s all about that. And now I can feel myself even better with figuring this all out. And if somebody would ask it some day, I could answer more easily. And all of this started with that girl on the Tube wearing red loafers with bees. 🙂
What’s in your mind? Can you relate these two too? What is about your style?