February 25, 2015
Although it was significantly less buzzy than it might’ve been if one of the name-brand designers rumored to have been in the running had gotten the gig—Tisci, Kane, Altuzarra, Ford, even—Alessandro Michele’s Gucci show today still qualified as a moment. Fashion loves a debut; consider all the unanswered questions: Would Michele take Gucci in the more daring direction Kering chief François-Henri Pinault said was necessary for the cooling brand? Would his womenswear follow the androgynous lead of his hastily-put-together menswear show in January? What’s with the mop of scruffy, shoulder-length hair? Beyond the curiosity factor, there’s always a cross-your-fingers feeling to these occasions, and not just for the Gucci executives who want to put the company back in growth mode. We’re all critics, but we love having someone new to cheerlead.
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