Gucci Resort 2016

Gucci joined the spare-no-expense Resort show club today, flying guests in from around the world to see its new creative director Alessandro Michele's second women's ready-to-wear collection for the brand, and closing down West 22nd Street for the occasion. As the lights, music, and garage doors came up on a crowd that included Dakota Johnson and her Fifty Shades of Grey director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, as well as fellow Kering designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, the show's 62 male and female models began emerging from a building across the street. Michele's Gucci is colorful, eccentric, and unabashedly retro. He took some hits for the vintage feel of his clothes after his February go-around, but he's not backing away from the look. Resort is very much an extension of his first collection for Fall, but he made a stronger case for the new mood today. The extra months he had to prepare no doubt helped in that regard. So too, he hinted in conversation earlier this week, has the support of Gucci's CEO, Marco Bizzarri.