A half-decade anniversary at a famous fashion house is a cause for celebration and an unleashing of Mary Jane shoes for the boys! During his tenure, Alessandro Michele’s prophesy at Gucci has been nothing less than miraculous. On an aloft flaming tightrope he so gleefully raves across the past and present, gender identities, toxic masculinity, and auntie-chic while never compromising the trendsetters fanatical devotion to the brand. For the Gucci fall winter 2020 collection for men, the designer declared an affront “Toxic masculinity nourishes abuse, violence and, sexism. … It produces oppressors and victims at the same time,” and that “it’s time to celebrate a man who is free to practice self-determination, without social constraints, without authoritarian sanctions, without suffocating stereotypes.” Well, yes and yes, and yes to a collection that brings the style of nerdy disco-prom boy-tweens and the scout-troop den mothers tasked with chaperoning the big night to the forefront of fashion.
Age-appropriate is yet another passé constraint. The designer showed numerous boxy suits, some compete with shorts and high socks. Formal-ish pants are edging upward, as are sweaters and jackets, while metallic disco jeans flare fully downward. Bo-ho baggy jeans, crisp wool shorts and quiet of few of Gran’s funky overcoats accentuate the freedom of choice in the collection. Aside from a few matronly smock tops, which still declare unbridled freedom, the collection is a delightful play on Free To Be…You And Me. Needless to say, the accessories will be coveted, and the man-handbags in high demand. In a stroke of the ultimate irony, one bag features “FAKE” stenciled across its side. Gucci.