Everybody speaks about Gucci and Alessandro Michele and rightly so.
I have been following Lallo –as he called himself on Instagram- since he became creative director of Gucci in 2015.
I have always sustained that creativity needs to be fed by culture; the most creative people in the world are curious, they read book, observe, travel, watch movies, learn from other artists.
Alessandro Michele is an incredible example of this concept. A photographer I work with showed me a few weeks ago some photos of his studio and the first thing that came to my attention was a long table covered with art books and different memorabilia.
His fashion is influenced by paintings, cinema, the world.
Alessandro Michele is also very good at discovering or using new talents, like Jayde Fish , who he “met” in Instagram and whose illustration were used in SS17 collection but also before then.
Today it is the turn of Helen Downie aka Unskilled Worker , a British painter, discovered by photographer Nick Knight but soon made part of Alessandro Michele’s stuble.
P.S: And speaking about culture, her charcters’ eyes remind me of The Portrait of Wally by Egon Schiele…