Forget about fair-weather picnics and fickle trends, the country bumpkins carryall has been well and truly Guccified. Woven in Italy using traditional wicker techniques, it’s topped with Gucci’s signature bamboo handle — an icon of the house first used by the House in 1947 — and beautifully finished with a decorative floral rosebud-print satin lining for distinct retro appeal. Keep your message on-brand and style it with a chic floral minidress and some Jordaan loafers.
Despite being an industry built on change, fashion enjoys the status quo, and oftentimes, things can seem rather too predictable within the hidebound confines of the fashion bubble, but on the odd occasion, there’s a breakaway from the monotony and the entire fashion covenant is turned on its head. As was the case when Alessandro Michele came along and ripped up the fashion rule book with his marvellous ‘less is bore’ approach at the venerable luxury house of Gucci. A law unto himself, Alessandro Michele has reset the style agenda and shifted the taste level with an aesthetic that flies in the face of every fashion convention once thought sacrosanct. In other words, Alessandro Michele exists at a remove from the mores of the establishment, and instead, resides in a whole new world of his own conjuring obscure worlds, arcane references, and convoluted catwalks in a steady continuum of collections that only get curiouser and curiouser as the seasons progress. Which is precisely why his vision is so seductive. The new Gucci is about individuality, self-expression, having 'the freedom to choose who you are, beyond what has already been dictated' and giving you an incredibly beautiful wardrobe to do so. It’s an audacious proposition, where relics of the past merge with conceptions of the future, gender lines are blurred, and trends are positively nonexistent, resulting in an endless cornucopia of delights with which to make your own: there’s ethereal patchwork jacquard evening gowns straight out of a Madame Lebrun painting, dazzling platform pumps embellished with baroque crystals and glimmering gobstopper pearls, offbeat tailoring for the dandified pretty boys, as well as punk-inspired beat-up leather biker jackets with the phrase ‘L’Aveugle Par Amour’ (blinded by love) scrawled across the back and bleached-out denim with artful graffiti scribbles allover them, which sit just as nicely beside a pair of classic Gucci Jordaan loafers or a smart tailored reefer jacket in a way that emphasises the undeniable importance of personal style. The point is, Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is an attitude not a silhouette; an experience not an era; a state of mind not a state of dress. You might even call it a beautiful chaos.