Italian house Gucci presents a simpler Fall Winter 2023 men's collection at the Milan Fashion Week
January 17, 2023: Gucci’s flair for excessive glamour and sartorial elegance has never disappointed. Unique and dynamic is the least we can say about the brand, coupled with splendid craftsmanship and creative ideas. The brand, however, gets off the ground this year with its new improvised menswear collection.
Gucci’s latest Fall Winter 2023 menswear collection sparks off a lot of sensation after Alessandro Michele relinquished his role as the creative designer of Gucci. His creative ideas and layered collaborations with talented artists tripled the brand’s revenue from €3.9 billion in 2015 to €9.7 billion in 2021.
But, bringing an end to Mr. Michele’s maximalist era, Gucci’s new collection is a reflection of the individualities represented by the multi-faceted creatives and craftsmen who inhabit the house of Gucci. The collection suggests sophisticated gentleman's garments cross-pollinated either in construction or styling from traditionally contrasting wardrobes to express the different understandings of the seduction instinctive to the masculinity of Gucci.
While Mr. Michele’s breathtaking signature designs were often a striking combination of flamboyance and androgyny, the latest collection is quite the opposite. Sophisticated, more masculine than androgynous (yet not completely stiff), the brand embarks on a refined collection which is a mishmash of the Gucci archives and a glimpse into what the brand has in store for us.
Crystal GG, a new lacquered interpretation of the house's coated monogram canvas from the 1970s, emblemises the collection comprising bags and shoes. A touch of radiant and faded pastels is seen in all workwear, shoes and bags.
A voluminous but languid tailoring silhouette enables improvisation of styling, a sentiment echoed in suits with detachable elements that allow the wearer to transform them into sleeveless jackets and shorts.
Sportswear revisits the 1980s while motorcycling garments pay homage to archival pieces from the early 2000s, and inspired by the same era, denim trousers faded as if washed with fuel are embellished with the logo originally launched by Gucci in 1953.
The focus has been more on individuality and self-expression. Vintage-like foulards are tied around bags and used to patch denim trousers. The collection features a magnified reinterpretation of the Jackie bag softened in construction and adorned with the Piston Lock originally created by Tom Ford. The other highlights from Gucci archives include the Horsebit and the Cross.
- By Pritha Debroy