JAMO magazine July Issue 2016 23 ISSUE - Page 12

While the runway show was long-delayed—hence the blissful leisure of spending time backstage viewing and discussing with Lallo25—the event turned out to be a jarring surprise, shown behind a scrim with a violent assault of strobing neon lights and white noise for an intro and exit. Exactly why was hard to fathom—the presentation values seemed foreign to the geeky Gucci aesthetic and more akin to those of Michele’s Kering colleague Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent than the sensitive Italian soul whose eyes we follow on Instagram. Michele really doesn’t need to try to be “cool.” He is a “warm” designer. Not “hot” like Tom Ford was at Gucci. Warm. And the more he lets people cuddle up close with that warmth, the longer it will last.