Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is, without doubt, a dedicated supporter of emerging artists. He’s been rolling out one after another collaborative projects with young artistic talents — from New York-based street artist Trevor Andrew (a.k.a. GucciGhost), Spanish artist Coco Capitán to British illustrator Angelica Hicks — almost immediately after he took the helm at the Italian fashion house. And there’s no sign of slowing down for Michele at all, because he’s already launched yet another capsule collection and, this time, with British artist Helen Downie, who’s also known as Unskilled Worker.
Downie illustrates in a naïve and expressive style, and often depicts portraits and florals with a distinctively witty and playful spirit, which works perfectly with Michele’s aesthetics of contemporary, eclectic Romanticism. In this expansive 40-piece capsule collection, you’ll find a wide range of products from ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, silks to accessories, all decorated with Downie’s works. These dreamy characters are even dressed in Gucci, adding an extra layer of romance and whimsy to the creations.
A range of the collection, however, is only available for purchase online, and that includes the printed GG Marmont shoulder bags, Princetown mules and Ace sneakers, tote bags with bamboo handles, printed dresses, blouses and skirts in silk, patched knitted tops, cardigans, denim skirts and jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, a bomber jacket as well as foulards and shawls. If you think it’s a bit of a hustle, don’t, because it’ll be worth it, as these items will be delivered in dedicated, bespoke packaging that are beautifully decorated with Unskilled Worker’s designs.
This is actually not the first time the two crossed their paths, as Michele discovered Downie’s work on Instagram back in 2015, after which he invited her to participate in Gucci’s No Longer / Not Yet art exhibition at Shanghai’s Minsheng Art Museum. Since then she’s been invited to every runway show, and has developed a strong bond with the brand, which is now expressed through this latest innovative collaboration.