Alessandro Michele’s rise as Gucci’s creative director not only brought along our all rediscovery of joie-de-vivre-fashion but also a star sign for SS16. Obviously, this is not a normal one. To everyone aware of Michele’s leaning to Asian cultural artifact, it seems only natural for him to chose no other than the two-sidedly perceived sign of a snake. The designer in particular embroidered, sticked and painted the animal onto his bags, coats, gowns and all the rest – which made us crave not only for ornated clothing, but also for the demeanor of serpents in general. We love their mobility, their ingenuity and also, their skin. Once a synonym for the contrary of fashionable, worn by the common who had been stuck in the 80s on a night out, it has recently blossomed anew as one of the fashion world’s pattern darlings.
And that has a reason: to be worn with almost anything relaxed, from a basic pair of jeans to the newly publicly acceptable pair of sweatpants, the snakeskin pattern upgrades everything to a level that is chic yet cool. With its timeless rockstar capacity we might as well call it the sequin of the daylight. “Capacity” I am saying because, just like with sequins, it happens sometimes that its wearer unintentionally slithers into a category that he would have preferred not to be associated with. But fear that not, because we are here to help, with some inspiration and guidelines on how to correctly wear snakeskin printed everything. Check out the gallery to see more, but for now remember: it’s has to be a clash of origins!