Alessandro Michele Subverts Cruise Season With Extensive Gucci 2017 Collection

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Nearly a year and a half since his creative director induction, Gucci‘s fan-favorite Alessandro Michele is still still making ripples across the fashion landscape. Credited as reviving a—for lack of a better word—”coolness” back to the storied Italian house through a stylized focus that grasps both retro chic and of-the-moment ardor, the designer infuses a ceremonial effortlessness into his work. In his just-released Gucci Cruise 2017 lookbook (a sample of which can be seen above), Michele concentrates this delicate balance of eccentricity and ornate details in an extensive 87-look collection, riffing off classic British tailoring with touches of bohemian discovery in rich chintzes, warm tweeds, bleached denims, and, of course, his signature animalistic embroideries. Seen by British photographer Nick Waplington at the Hilles House—Isabella Blow’s famous estate in the Gloucestershire countryside—the Cruise line is a loud awakening for the typically muted season for men.