Resümee the day after the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Who were the big stars of the evening? Beyoncé, of course, now officially a record winner with 32 Grammys. She cleared four trophies on Sunday. And: Harry Styles, who received the award for album of the year. After all, Måneskin from Italy was nominated in the Best Newcomer category. And Jennifer Lopez could also easily be counted among the big stars of the awards ceremony, although she – together with Ben Affleck – only won in the “Couple of the Evening” category at most.
They all, and a few more—musicians Anderson Paak and Kid Harpoon, and host Trevor Noah, for example—wore the same brand: Gucci.
Alessandro Michele, who joined Gucci in 2015, has not only given fashion a much freer, gender-fluid direction, he’s also dusted off red carpet dresses with his quirky designs and potpourri of references. Stars who used to wear Gucci could look forward to a lot of attention. Cate Blanchett was shown up and down in 2016 in a dress with dramatic ruffles and a big red bow. Or A$AP Rocky 2018 in a silk kimono with a printed silk scarf on her head and fur slippers on her feet. Or first Jared Leto, 2019, in a high-necked silk dress with crystals and a replica of a Jared Leto head under the arm. For Alessandro Michele, the red carpet was the continuation of his Gucci runway.
In November he left the house after almost eight years. His successor, Sabato De Sarno, has yet to end his contract with Valentino. So the house is going into this red carpet season, which began with the Golden Globes last month and ends with the Met Gala in May, without any creative tip.
And apparently with all the more tinsel: Not only do you literally see Harry Styles’ fringed sequin suit, which he wore alongside at least two other outfits that night, but also the proverbial mass of stars who are still drawing attention to the brand.
The designs, which are mostly custom-made, i.e. made exclusively for Beyoncé, Harry Styles or Jennifer Lopez, can no longer come from Alessandro Michele. They still breathe the spirit of the great designer, with every sequin and every bow-tie collar. For more, you probably need the successor from September.