May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Milan: Kicking off Milan fashion week, Alessandro Michele presented a combined men’s and women’s collection to an expectant audience. The invite containing excerpts from William Blake and Jane Austen narratives, spelled out the nature of what was to come, and underscoring Michelle’s love affair with England.
The show notes were titled ‘The Alchemist’s garden’; to define an Alchemist – ‘one who can purify, mature and perfect objects’ or ‘turns metals into gold’; the parallels were considerable in this presentation. “I was thinking of a garden, where I can pick everything I need to make gold,” Michele said. The melding and the mixing, the wave of a magic wand – fresh wild blooms were carefully handpicked and richly embroidered and patterned on to tailored pantsuits and 70s and 80s inspired full length gowns.
There was so much, from rich florals drawn from Gucci scarves, butterflies, moths and all manner of bugs from a sundrenched English garden as well as mixes of Chinoiserie, American sportswear, and Film Noir. But after all, this is Alessandro Michelle’s Gucci – when pulled apart, this will render pieces that will be keepsakes for the future. – Lizzy Bowring
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