Alessandro Michele has made a big name for himself for his gaudy and eccentric reinvention of Gucci, so it makes perfect sense that his muse this season was Elton John. The iconic singer’s middle name is Hercules, after all and since taking over the reigns at Gucci, Michele has driven profits to the tune of 900 million euros. Michele also happens to have a fascination with British culture including their gardens and castles, so why not tap into its reigning king of pop?
While Michele cited John specifically as a reference it would seem that he has been one since the beginning for the designer. Many of his costumes and general attire seem to be embedded in the new Gucci DNA. This season there was plenty of those codes including a sweater referencing the British Mitford sisters that said “Never Marry a Mitford”, sparkly sequined sweatshirts and jackets, oversized late ‘70s glasses, glam vintage inspired gowns, and Chinoiserie. The new buzzworthy notables included: crystal-embellished chinstraps (how else to top a crystal encrusted full-body cosplay leotard?), a peach and pink satin star spangled jumpsuit, a crystal encrusted ‘80s track suit, a pair of golden 18th century style breeches paired with white stockings and a matching coat, some seriously cool ‘70s style jumpsuits, and a Bugs Bunny sweater. That wasn’t all, of course. More is more chez Gucci these days and it was another explosive undertaking from fashion’s revered rocket man.