In the great clash of maximalism vs. minimalism, it seems the latter’s been winning for the past few years, with brands like Céline, the Row, and Jil Sander leading the charge. Last fall, French minimalist-luxury label Lemaire had incredible success after launching its first collaboration with mega-retailer Uniqlo, signaling the trend’s mass appeal.
In the other corner, the maximalists: designers who embrace the extreme, the baroque, the layers of lavish colors and prints. Tom Ford, Versace, and Dries Van Noten have long embraced the ethos. But Gucci’s last few collections under new creative director Alessandro Michele have truly turned the tide. Michele’s bow-tie blouses, vivid primary-colored dresses, berets, geek-chic glasses, and all manner of embellishment have captured the style world’s imagination and made everyone mad for maximalism.
So, how to get the look? It’s all about the artful mix of color, patterns, and prints — after all, fashion doesn’t always have to be black, white, and gray. Click ahead to see how you can dress like a maximalist and embrace the “more is more” mentality.