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The days of overtly sexual Gucci are long gone. Well, at least as long as Alessandro Michele has his say about it. For now, Gucci is a mythical, exceedingly romantic world. I’ve seen his past collection, similar in style to this one, criticized for its old-worldly personality, called grandmother chic. Perhaps in this world over over-sexualization, it’s exactly what we need. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good thigh-high slit and peek-a-boo cutouts as much as the next person, but it’s a refreshing and needed change of pace.

The collection was a little bit crazy, with just a hint of whimsy. Ruffles adorned cuffs, collars, and hems, and we even saw embroidery made to fool the eye into ruffles that weren’t actually there. Michele made use of an archive of vintage fabrics, with prints so radical and profound it took minutes of purveying to fully take in the scene. The use of embroidery is what really stole the show. Gowns were covered from head to toe in magnificent tropical scenes. Pineapples, koi fish, lily pads, and parrots were just a few of the options you’ll find this spring when you step into a Gucci store. It was a playful and fun scene.

Don’t forget about the accessories as well, the true money makers in the fashion world today. Models pushed over-sized glass frames adorned with rhinestones up their bridges, while clutching onto heritage style handbags, knuckles covered in excessive amounts of costume jewels. We saw a re-interpretation of the must have fur lined slide from the last season, as well the introduction of a platform sandal. Blouses were bound at the neck with scarves and playful, almost comic sized ties embroidered with cutesy fruits and jeweled bugs.

With the claims of increased sales and revenue over Micheles inaugural collection with the company, it seems that they will have another hit when this collection hits store floors. While the obviously sexy Gucci is of the past, this style is sexy in its own way. I know that I’m personally already coveting many pieces from this show, and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Check out images from the show after the jump.

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