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My love letter to Gucci

SUPREMO - Tim Yap - The Philippine Star
My love letter to Gucci
Gucci spring-summer 2018: Alessandro Michele knows how to inject the right drama to make a fashion moment go beyond magical.
Photos by Tim Yap

The act of creation is an act of resistance

There is something poetic — no, esoteric — about the way Alessandro Michele does things. He knows how to inject the right drama — razzmatazz and sequins included — to make that fashion moment go beyond magical. Try as I can, it is not easy to dissect the mind of a man who put Gucci back on top of the game by presenting   collections that are nothing short of explosive and ultra-desirable: “An explosion in which vital strengths, once trapped, are now released.” 

Shock and glam: Fully beaded gowns carry their own spotlight.

This spring-summer 2018 is no different. Gucci provides shock and glam elevated to revolutionary levels, breaks traditional thinking and brings forth fresh meanings. There are fully beaded gowns that carry their own spotlight, dresses that would make you question your existence, logo bags that scream against uniformity and heart-shaped and encrusted eyewear that will get you acquainted with your higher self.

Logo bags scream against uniformity.

The shoes are embroidered, rock-studded and in full Technicolor. There are tiaras you can wear on your head and on your neck, perfect for the coming royal wedding.  There are bomber jackets that are meant for figure skating in the Olympic levels. I, Tonya, I tell you. 

Encrusted eyewear acquainted me with my higher self(left). I heart these heart-shaped eyewear(right).

“The act of creation,” as Deleuze would say, is also an act of resistance. “The collection embodies the act of resistance. A revolt against fixedness and for an inalienable right to difference.”

That’s the spirit: “Spiritismo” is a big word used in Gucci’s big bag(left) of the season. Flashy jackets(center) meant for an arena. Make a wish, and take a bite: Gucci’s Snow White sweater(right)

Alessandro Michele, the prophet further challenges what is existing in the name of what is missing and puts in place “what could be,” and then Gucci lets him be. It takes great intellect and a sense of irony and humor to get that. Gucci fans and loyalists seem to get it. It is fresh. It is new. It is now. 

The beauty of the slow and show

Gucci then states, “Resist, then. Resist acceleration and its obsessive panting that risks shattering life. Resist the mantra of speed that violently leads to losing oneself.”  Then it goes philosophical: “It requires the courage to slowly linger; to stay with care; to give oneself up to a story to dig deep, with a wide and graceful breath.”

The shoes are embroidered, rock-studded and in full Technicolor.

This collection celebrates the beauty of the slow, and of the show. A tribute to icon Elton John is a luscious highlight. Flashy jackets that are meant for an arena, suits that’ll steal the thunder from Thor and dresses that’ll outshine the sun. In other words, I want it all. 

It’s about time for these cuff watches.

“Spiritismo” is a big word used in Gucci’s big bag of the season, and therein lies the contradiction of flaunting something so personal, that makes it go beyond any categories, classification and boundaries. It invites you to go inside, find who you are and celebrate it.

A tribute to icon Elton John is a luscious highlight(left). You can wear these tiaras on your head or your neck, perfect for the coming royal wedding(right).

Call me biased but this is my favorite Gucci collection of all time. Check out these photos and see a roadmap that gets us closer to happiness. 

G force: With a logo jacket, even an I, Tonya windbreaker, Gucci SS2018 is fresh, new and now.

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In the Philippines, Gucci has shops in Greenbelt 4 in Makati and Shangri-La Mall East Wing in Mandaluyong.

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