Right now in Milan, Gucci artistic director Alessandro Michele held a press convention in a classic clothes store. The shock announcement? A brand new assortment, dubbed HA HA HA, that he designed with pop star and trend muse Harry Types.
The 25-look assortment represents a mashup of the garments the 2 associates like to put on—as Michele put it, their“dream wardrobe.” The designer mentioned that the collaboration grew out of years of conversations over the telephone, by way of WhatsApp, and over glasses of wine on the uncommon events they had been in the identical metropolis. “It began similar to two youngsters enjoying, you realize, in an easy method,” he mentioned, including that the gathering “began to be one thing actually concrete perhaps one 12 months in the past.” The garments took form by means of mutual artistic alternate slightly than formal design conferences. “It is extra about life, you realize? ’Trigger if you end up very encountered with somebody in a really deep method, there may be probably not a solution to do it. It is simply one thing that occurred,” Michele mentioned.
HA HA HA marks the deepest collaboration but between Gucci and Types. The 28-year-old has appeared in Gucci campaigns, and wears the model extensively. However Types is not only a star with a contract: his fandom of the model and admiration for Michele is actual. Once they met, Types was a young person who had simply left One Route to strike out on a solo profession, and Michele had simply taken over Gucci. “We grew collectively,” mentioned Michele, who credit Types with serving to him reconnect along with his teenage aspect. In recent times, Types has grow to be nothing lower than the general public avatar of Michele’s delicate, genderless imaginative and prescient, and his real curiosity in clothes has solely deepened. The one factor left for Types to do with Gucci, actually, was design his personal assortment. “The extent that Harry has obtained now, it’s a excessive stage notion of this job,” Michele mentioned. In different phrases, it’s not a gimmick.
Michele’s ’70s-inspired tailoring silhouettes make up the spine of the gathering, with kicky flared trousers that Types can take full credit score for mainstreaming. Types, in flip, “introduced himself,” Michele mentioned. “He at all times has in his thoughts a really subtle solution to be a man, you realize?” The consequence, Michele mentioned, is deeply private, a group that he described as “non-public and really cozy.” It is what somebody would discover, principally, if you happen to threw open the doorways of both of their closets.
First up: a number of overcoats and blazers tailor-made with British membership checks, Glen plaids, and pinstripes, a notable departure from Gucci’s typical baroque materials. A patchwork leather-based jacket, in the meantime, seemed properly at house on the racks of the classic store the place the gathering was offered. The venue mirrored a mutual obsession with classic buying. “I like classic buying. I believe that’s actually my place. Harry loves classic too. We’re loopy for classic, each of us,” Michele mentioned. There have been additionally brilliant, poppy sweaters of the type Types has worn for years. Types introduced newsboy caps to the desk, and Michele introduced pajamas, some printed with hearts, others with a grumpy bear character. “They’re one thing that I normally put on, and [Harry] began to put on too, and now he’s obsessive about pajamas,” Michele mentioned.