That 70's Show
A BIT OF GEEK CHIC
Gucci is not normally a label you'll see on KoS. It's not very 'us'. However, when I began to see snippets of the lastest SS16 collection, I had to investigate further.
This is only the second collection with Alessandro Michele at the helm, who took over from Frida Giannini, and his exaggerated geek chic aesthetic for this season is most certainly a firm statement of intent since it's very uncompromising. I have certainly felt more than a little inspired by the excess of flounce, applique, sequins and shine. It wasn't just the 60's and 70's referenced, we also see a cartography print as well as a plethora of exotic animals such as snakes and colourful parrots. I also love the trompe l’oeil effect he's created using sequins.
Filled with pussy bow blouses, huge 70's collars and patterns, clashing prints and colours, it was a feast for the eyes! And actually it was the menswear collection I loved most of all. From the floral flared suits to the neckbows, it was all very Jarvis Cocker in the best way possible.
When you're on a very tight budget, as I am currently, it's fantastic to find something to inspire me to hit the charity shops and get creative. I kinda fell out of love with print last year so I'm really surprised that this collection, and the Miu Miu AW15 one, struck such a chord with me. But collections like these are perfect for setting yourself charity shops challenges.