29 January 2016
Gucci New Collection Spring/Summer 2016
The show got its starting point in a faux French map called "Carte de Tendre" that appeared at the start of a novel by Madeleine de Scudéry in 1654. A map designed to indicate the mountains and valleys of a fictional place called Tendre, it was supposed to indicate the route to find love (check out Gucci’s Instagram feed for an up-close look at the map). How fitting this image, and what it represents, is in terms of Michele's romantic world view.
This show also clearly underlined the fact that Michele spend a fair share of his first 12 years at Gucci in the accessories department, given the copious amount of covetable handbags, each one looking as if the owner had personalized it themselves — which is hugely appealing and will get the tills ringing around the world for the Italian house. Meanwhile, aspirational items like the oversized glasses, fingerless gloves and chunky rings will inspire a generation of knock-offs.