Alessandro Michele’s exit from the Italian heritage brand rocked the global fashion industry. In the wake of the announcement, celebrities and fashion insiders paid their tributes to the visionary designer, among them Vogue UK editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Harry Lambert, singer Harry Styles’ stylist. Styles, along with actor Jared Leto and Dakota Johnson are among the prominent names who worked with Michele, with Styles recently releasing a capsule collection with the brand.
Even in the Philippines, the energy that Michele brought to the Gucci brand resounded. Household names like Anne Curtis-Smith and Heart Evangelista have often worn the Roman designer’s garments in vibrant prints and sleek silhouettes.
Michele was widely acknowledged to have re-energized Gucci via his eccentric and forward-thinking aesthetic that ushered in a greater acceptance of “otherness.” Throughout his collections, nostalgia has been the main feature that has made Michele’s oeuvre distinct with babushkas, bows, and clashing patterns in tow. He combined inspiration from the past such as the culture of the fifties and cinema, with contemporary references such as Los Angeles’ street style. With quirky vintage flair, his collections veered towards whimsical androgyny with renaissance and fine art references. Flora and fauna motifs were injected into each collection, alongside the double-G logo and Gucci’s striped athletic ribbing.
Below, see some of Michele’s fans from Philippine fashion and entertainment personalities, wearing the era’s Gucci:
Actress and singer Nadine Lustre wore a sheer, frilly number from Gucci’s Resort 2023 collection Cosmogenies paired with thigh-high boots to the Gucci Garden Archetypes in Sydney.
Heart Evangelista wore striped coordinates at Milan Fashion Week, demonstrating the power of the skirt suit to the Gucci Twinsburg Spring/Summer 2023 runway show.
For the Vogue Philippines Gala, Miss Universe 2015 winner Pia Wurtzbach was dressed in the brand’s two-toned floor-grazing gown akin to a statuesque Venus.
After Michele announced his Gucci exit, Bryan Yambao, aka Bryanboy, paid tribute to the designer, dressing in bold floral overcoat.
Content creator Kim Jones also takes to Gucci’s designs. Her slouchy black cape coat offers a fresh take on inky hues.
Dressed from head-to-toe in black, Anne Curtis-Smith opts for a streamlined yet polished ensemble for The Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power Premiere.
In Sydney with actor Kanawut Traipipattanapong, photographer BJ Pascual sported an understated, monogrammed suit in a style moment that made Gucci’s trademark emblem pop.
Model Hannah Locsin memorably starred in Michele’s Gucci Beauty Mascara L’Obscur campaign. She made her Milan Fashion Week debut in a shimmering dress in an electric green hue and oversized glasses for Alessandro Michele’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.