The models weren’t smiling… but we were.
Over the course of just a few seasons, Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele has revived the brand into one of Milan’s most-anticipated shows. Editors and street style stars alike are clamoring for the “new Gucci” and with the latest spring/summer 2016 collection it’s easy to see why: the eclectic mix of prints-heavy separates that somehow looked at once old lady and little girl, the skirts, day dresses, and suits that were infused with whimsical details like sequined birds and lady bugs, delicate ruffles, and trompe l’oeil finishes.
In the show notes, Michele said that the collection was a “product of a situationist derive: the playful practice of crossing and exploring urban spaces.” These Gucci girls are a new breed of urban explorer, magpies who will pick up anything shiny that catches their eye along their travels—more is more and somehow it all works.
Here, a look at some of the wonderfully whimsical details you might have missed.
OVERSIZED GLITTERY GLASSES
If you’re going to make the case for the wide tie, have fun with it! It’s the perfect spot for a glittery ladybug.
TROMPE L’OEIL DETAILS
Is she a model or a paper doll?
Insects emerged as a theme in the Gucci show, this time crawling across a blazer.
LITERAL TROUSER SNAKES
Michele has embraced the snake as a dominant motif throughout his collections. It would seem that he’s having fun with it… Getty
Michele worked Gucci’s signature grosgrain stripes into the straps of handbags, tying a knot with a big loopy bow on one side to give the bag a playful and personal touch.
THE SINGULAR STATEMENT EARRING
Michele bucked the dainty and delicate jewelry chain by showcasing big, dangly, statement earrings instead. GETTY