It was all change at the Italian power house as Creative Director Alessandro Michele presented his debut womenswear collection. Having stepped up from his Head of Accessories post in January after the departure of Frida Giannini, the designer took the opportunity to put his own stamp on things from the get-go. Gone was the overt glamour of previous seasons as a soft, romantic and altogether quirkier line-up hit the runway. Opening with a sheer, high-neck blouse that was ruffled at the neck, a gently pleated red leather skirt and flat sandals, the stage was set for the new aesthetic - only the double G-buckled belt felt familiar in its logoed sensibility. Dainty lace camisoles, tiered silk pleated frocks and floral midi dresses were the epitome of girliness. Outerwear came trimmed with fur while bows festooned Peter Pan-collared blouses. In shades of persimmon, red currant, moss and black with the odd metallic accent, the palette, too, took a new direction. It wasn't all hyper-feminine, though: hip-slung front-pleat trousers, leather suiting and the inimitable Gucci loafer balanced it all out. Accessories came in the way of chain-strap envelopes, lace-up flats adorned with pompoms and fluffy, furry shoes. With a nod to the house's heritage, without slavishly plundering the archives, the collection under Michele’s tutelage gave the Gucci woman a complete makeover from international party girl to romantic intellectual.
Who we saw: Salma Hayek.
What they wore: Red trousers, a black blazer and a bright blue beret, in what was a preview of the runway looks.
In a nutshell: The Gucci girl gets a makeover.
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