We’re all Gucci right now! Like, literally. The brand just won Los Angeles with their Love Parade, seeing them hit Hollywood Boulevard with an A+ List of celebs (Miley! Lizzo! Serena! Jared!) and a typically irresistible array of plush garments. Just a couple of days prior, the brand released the third drop of their VAULT portal, a new-ish online platform dedicated to vintage Gucci pieces and sustainably-minded designers.
The garments on offer are just as top-tier as the hallowed, haloed guest-list from their LA show. It’s the kind of maximalism we’re into right now; loud, almost-garish prints, statement silhouettes, bold embroidery and big collars connect the brands, as well as a consideration of environmental impact. It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve taken out our diamante key (read: our dirty USB mouse) and unlocked VAULT’s greatest pieces…
You’ll often see Parisian prodigy Charles de Vilmorin wearing something understated, like an ultra-chic black turtleneck and slacks; but his own design is anything but quiet. Vivid, glowing colours exploded onto his designs like cluster bombs of paint, imbuing fauna and nature with bold energy. We’re huge fans of this Flower Shirt, seeing a technicolour floral print splattered onto a blank, meticulously cut canvas.
£595, available here.
You’ll know by now that we think CSM is top of the table when it comes to nurturing upcoming designers, so it’s no surprise that Yueqi Qi is an absolute whizz at what she does. Moulded by a year’s internship in Chanel’s couture department (now *that* is work experience), her artful pieces are adorned with individually applied beads and classic puffs. This Printed Jacket is pure luxury, its shape inspired by Qing Dynasty snuff bottles and crafted with a rice paste printing technology.
£685, available here.
Look, it’s as reductive as a bubbling pot of stock to say that mens’ fashion is anywhere near dull, but we’re all for jazzing it up with a retro feminine touch. Bianca Saunders is a master at this, adding shoulder pads to power-dress blazers, making slick trousers overflow at the hems and photographing everything as if it was in an eighties yearbook. These ingenious Jeans are printed with a ‘crumpled’ effect, an optical illusion made fashion.
£500, available here.
Shock, another CSM grad. Gui Rosa only left fashion school in 2020, but has been making tsunami waves for a while thanks to his warped experiments with crochet, leading to him to shoot a film for GucciFest’s inaugural show. Rosa’s knits pop with eye-wateringly bright tones, while anything from fruit appliques to jacquard tiger motifs are fair game in his fanciful world. This Carsick Patchwork Skirt is fittingly woozy, featuring upcycled denim and diamond shapes.
£480, available here.
Stockholm-based brand Rave Review prove that you can make do with what’s lying at home. Blankets, bed linen and rags of fabric are turned into loud-as-you-like, maximalist pieces featuring 2018-era yellow plaid (remember?), abstract patterns and lovingly retro-inspired floral motifs. This Maggie Padded Jacket is made from sleeping bags and duvet covers, blended into an oversized, heavily-padded puffer. We ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s garm no more, etc.
£1290, available here.
Almost everything written about Cormio thus far refers to a ‘neo-Tyrolese’ fantasy, so we’d feel fraudulent if we didn’t mention it. If you’re not aware, Tyrol is a historical region in the Alps, so the term refers to the founder Jezabelle Cormio’s habit of summoning the region’s traditional folklore for her collections. Adding a cute, playful twist via contrast lace and stitched borders, she’s rapidly put her fantastical design on the map. The Charlotte Knit is a mohair delight, featuring statement detailing and an adorable collar.
£395, available here.
Explore the full wonders of Gucci’s VAULT here.