No surprises for guessing which designer had the most gloriously whimsical and colour-soaked collection at Milan Men's Fashion Week
It says a lot about the power of one when you can predict the hype of a single designer's show. Even though, by now, we're all attuned to the particular hum of an impending Alessandro Michele Gucci collection, you can never quite prepare yourself for the sensory overload. You know there'll be colour clashing you hadn't thought of, eccentric prints to put Liberty to shame and a fresh round of must-have shoes and accessories that will undoubtedly pop up on next season's best of street style lists. But as far as Gucci shows and surprises go, spring/summer 2017 didn't disappoint.
From rose and dragon-decorated tuxedos and bombers, to Donald Duck-appliquéd leather loafers, silk slippers and serpent-adorned Mary Janes - last night's Gucci show had so many other-worldly creatures and cultural and artistic motifs woven throughout, it would take us a week to go through every eye-popping element. That said, there were both familiar and new eccentricities to admire, with an orange zebra print lifted directly from Margot's wallpaper in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums - a sly nod to the film's influence on Michele.
While there's no doubt that Michele has a fertile imagination and a bower-bird's eye for detail and vivid colour, according to the show notes, S/S '17 was particularly obsessed with travel - and you could see this theme repeated in the hooded rain jackets, nautical stripes, sailor hats, Sergeant Pepper jackets and a Gucci-print travel rucksack. It's also worth noting that Gucci's new personalisation service was demonstrated by the large embroidered initials that decorated several outfits (guest Jared Leto showed off his bespoke bomber on Instagram).
Admittedly, you've got to be pretty game to try the head-to-toe Gucci look - but we spotted several standout wardrobe pieces that every fashion boy or girl would be crazy to pass up. Click through the gallery above for the highlights.