Off the back of its highly anticipated Spring 18 show in Milan last month, Gucci's latest launch is a creative and captivating capsule collection in collaboration with artist Unskilled Worker. It's a covetable 40-piece ready-to-wear edit of clothes, shoes, bags, silk and accessories, each emblazoned with the distinctive works Unskilled Worker—a.k.a Helen Downie. Think quirky portraits printed on sweaters and tees; intricate floral gardens on pleated silk; and cult Gucci bags—yes, we mean the GG Marmont—covered with bright butterflies. It's the most fun you'll have shopping a collection this spring.
The brand's relationship with Unskilled Worker started in 2015, when Creative Director Alessandro Michele discovered Downie on Instagram and asked her to participate in the Gucci No Longer / Not Yet exhibition in Shanghai. Michele has become somewhat of a contemporary art patron since taking the reins at Gucci, working with independent, little-known artists like Jayde Fish on the Spring 17 collection and drawing on meme culture for #TFWGucci campaign. He spoke to GQ about the blurred lines between high and 'low' art and fashion, saying, "I think that there is not really a difference between a ‘Peanuts’ and a beautiful Renaissance painting... It’s at the same level of a novel or a Jane Austen story or a beautiful embroidered rose fabric. It is a piece of romanticism.”
Now, Unskilled Worker's creations adorn some of the most iconic Gucci styles in the brand's first-ever exclusively online global launch... Which means you can shop every piece, right this second, from this story, and from Gucci's website.
To celebrate this digital-only fashion initiative, we teamed up with stylist Chloe Hill of our INF / Network to style her favourite pieces from the collection exclusively for Who What Wear Australia. Fittingly, Chloe shot this story for us while in Milan for Fashion Week—you can see the full shoot on her website.
Keep scrolling to see images from the shoot, and shop her favourite Gucci x Unskilled Worker pieces.
The Gucci paintings are an emotional response to Alessandro's work. It's been like a creative conversation. I think we both like hidden elements in our work. It's been so exciting to discover his world and then mix it in with mine. Little secrets are threaded through the work, things held dear since childhood."—Unskilled Worker
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"Even after three weeks on the Fashion Week circuit, endless late nights and countless shoots, this one got me beyond excited. I had free reign to shoot the pieces around Milan (spot Duomo di Milano if you can) the night before I flew out."—Chloe Hill
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"I’ve always been fascinated by the way people invent themselves through their appearance. So when I began painting it was only natural that it would become part of my work."—Unskilled Worker
"I think that there is not really a difference between a ‘Peanuts’ and a beautiful Renaissance painting... It’s at the same level of a novel or a Jane Austen story or a beautiful embroidered rose fabric. It is a piece of romanticism.”—Alessandro Michele