It is widely known that Gucci designer Alessandro Michele loves all things antique, adorable animals, and Jared Leto. Each of his collections — most recently Spring 2017, which he showed at Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday — features bedazzled Baroque and Renaissance motifs mixed with gender-fluid rebellious retro references, plus plenty of snakes, zebras, and florals that make up what is now referred to as the "Gucci Garden." And as for Leto, the kindred spirits can often be found taking selfies together around Los Angeles.

In addition to cultivating his own, now-signature aesthetic, Michele also incorporates the work of other artists each season, many of whom he finds on Instagram. For Spring 2016, he commissioned painter Helen Downie, who goes by @UnskilledWorker on Instagram; last season he flew Trevor Andrew a.k.a the GucciGhost from Bed-Stuy to Milan to spray paint his coats and accessories; and for Spring 2017, he incorporated the illustrations of Jayde Fish into his collection, which he also found via social media.

A deep dive into who else the designer follows on Instagram proves to be a perfect window into his fantastical mind. For example, in addition to adorable animal accounts like Priscilla and Poppleton, two baby pigs from Florida, and a handful of Boston terriers, Michele also follows the official Instagram for Florence Welch's book club, "Between Two Books." This is telling, as the soundtrack of his most recent show was Florence Welch reading "Songs of Innocence and Experience" by William Blake.

Despite the treasure trove that is Michele's Instagram (and his revealing Stories feed), he remains relatively "hidden" on the platform with roughly 88,000 followers. But if you want to get ahead of the Fall 2017 season, look no further than the 404 accounts @lallo25 follows on Instagram.

Illustrator Jayde Fish


Painter Helen Downie

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💕#alessandromichele 💕

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"Fashion Pun-k" Angelica Hicks

Florence Welch's Book Club

The American Antiquarian Society

An aggregation of the finest antique jewelry.

Donatella Versace's dog, Audrey.

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Breakfast with DV

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Plus, so many animal accounts. (Michele has two Boston terriers of his own.)

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Going into 2016 like 💃🏻

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This artful accounts have not yet made it into Michele's collections, but you never know...

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"The King of the Stars, Queen of the Moon" (8" x 8" on stretched cotton-duck). Here’s a rarity: my only painting with no animals in it; just two naïve ‘human’ figures. It’s entitled “The King of The Stars, Queen of the Moon”. It was inspired directly by the title of a poem by the Russian poet, Konstantin Balmont (1867 – 1942), “The King of the Stars” (see below) and is an example of Balmont’s Fin de siècle style. The painting doesn’t really illustrate Balmont’s poem in any way at all. I think Balmont’s poem relates the arrival of a risen Christ (whether the actual figure or a Christ-like figure, I don’t know) but I like it very much. Also, Stravinsky set the poem in a cantata, “Le roi des étoiles,” a piece of music I love. “The King of the Stars” (Konstantin Balmont, trans. Andrew Huth) His countenance was as the sun at that hour when the sun shines at its zenith, his eyes were as the stars before they plummet from the sky. And the hues of the rainbow served as the cloth, the weave and the thread for the majestic robes in which he had risen again. Thunder glowed around him amid jagged angry clouds, and seven golden seven-fold stars burned like candles before him. And clusters of blazing lightning opened up like flowers on precipices. “Do you keep the Word?” he called, and wailing, we cried out “We keep it!” “I am the first,” said he, “and the last,” and the thunder roared in answer. “The time has come to harvest” said the star-eyed one. “Make ready the sickles, Amen”. We rose up, a faithful multitude. The shattered sky glowed red, and seven golden seven-fold star led us to the farther reaches of the desert". Balmont was variously described thus: theatrical, pretentious, erratic, egotistical, arrogant, weak, languid, cheeky, fearful, a poseur, proficient, eccentric, rational (take your pick); however, I’m rather fond of him. Hope this figure painting doesn’t scare you away. #kingsandqueens #star #stars #theheavens #heavenlybodies #king #queen #moon #moonandstars #astral #astronomy #poetry #russianpoetry

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