Just two seasons in at Gucci and already Alessandro Michele is the darling of the fashion world. You only have to count the furry loafers that sat front row from New York to Milan (including the day of the Gucci show, which saw torrential rain, thunder and lightning) to see just what a stir the designer has made.
For his second runway collection, Michele concretised the concepts he began in Autumn/Winter 2016: the Seventies Margo Tenembaum-esque chic geek that's always dressed to the nines without looking like she's tried too hard. But if last season Michele trod carefully then this time around his looks were bold and filled with confidence, from the opening look – a Gucci-green lace dress complete with the house's signature striped belt – to the printed silk suits with flared trousers and the sheer frill-necked dresses.
Blouses came in light-as-air chiffon with oversized bows (sometimes two of them) in sugary shades of pink and pistachio. In fact, the colour palette was mesmerising – pairings that shouldn't work together suddenly felt very right. Accessories were as strong as ever, with the return of the double 'G' belt, briefcase-style bags with horsebit hardware, power platforms and more of those oh-so-chic berets.
"Alessandro Michele had a lot to live up to this season with every front row spectator waiting to be wowed, and he didn't disappoint. Perhaps not for everyone, but it was quirky and fun while being loyal to its Italian roots with colour, embroidery, studs and brocades, and a distinct vintage vibe. Lust-worthy embroidered jackets, chic dresses, and quirky skirts; this will be a cult collection and set the brand in good stead to head on its next adventure." said Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, of the show.