Paris has undergone a Gucci filter, all thanks to Alessandro Michele's inclination to an eccentric sense of luxury and a natural talent for vintage revivals. For Spring 2019, Gucci resuscitates the glamorous Parisian clubbing scene.
The No. 8 Bridge Space of Art was the venue for the Asian presentation of Gucci's Spring 2019 collection.
At the Asia press open house in Shanghai, I basked in Alessandro's alluring modern vision of Paris' forgotten night scene. Cue mannequins clad in piles of glitter, sequins, fringe, wide-lapel suits, jockstraps worn over tailored trousers, showgirl-worthy ostritch feather, faux fur coats, crystal-embellished shoes, and larger-than-life gilded accessories.
This gypsy-esque look first caught our eye for its fully-bedazzled embroidery in bold colors.
An oh-so-'70s wide pointed collar with thick bows paired with a denim blazer is your new casual Friday look.
Sharp shoulders, extra-large buttons, text embroidery, white thigh-high boots, and a literal illustration of the heart might look like a little too much at a glance, but the rich, deep blue hue is able to tie in the extravagant details.
As for arm candy, this season's options include trendy colors and strawberry prints.
A portion of the show space was transformed into a boutique-like layout complete with plush dividers where visitors could actually try out the clothes.
As I walked through the abandoned-looking space where they installed his pieces for viewing, I admit it felt overwhelming. It was a vibrant and over-the-top treat for the eyes that might lead one to wonder about the wearability of the looks. But it is in this level of absurdity and excessiveness that Gucci thrives and succeeds.
It's official: Leopard prints are a must this season.
Would you wear this Gucci version of a platform sandal?
This turquoise jersey suit gets some Iris Apfel style elevation with larger-than-life gold accessories.
Fringe, leather, and embroidery? Sign us up!
While traces of the old Studio 54 were referenced in glittering details, the more you looked, the more Alessandro's originality surfaces. You are reminded of how he turned Gucci into a whole new fashion genre—his army of freaks and geeks clad in opulent clothes bearing cultural references to the old world, while delivering a mashup of surreal details that are in sync with millennial taste.
Take the beach anywhere with you, says Gucci.
It's maximalism at its finest.
Here's a way to upgrade your distressed sneakers: shoe bling!
Leopard and floral prints on a full sequinned cardigan? Sold.
If you can't see your bling from afar, you're doing it wrong.
This season is all about bold prints, a glittery finish, and bright hues.
Pleated neon never looked this good.
In fact, if you pause and look closely, you'll notice that his novelty is deeply rooted in paying homage to fashion greats—Issey Miyake's stiff plissé technique, Yves Saint Laurent's impeccable tailoring, even Karl Lagerfeld's fascination with tweed.
Alessandro takes a cue from Issey Miyake's signature plissé.
Gucci borrows from Karl Lagerfeld's tweed fascination.
Did we mention color is a big mood for Gucci this Spring 2019?
An oversized peaked lapel is one way to take your suit up a notch.
Funny, despite how Alessandro often deep dives into the past for inspiration, he is always able to bring something new to the table. And perhaps one of his triumphant feats is turning our old memories and fashion reveries into tangible, wearble, modern pieces of art.