Gucci is not a brand that gets things done into equal parts measures. Innovative chief Alessandro Michele set his sights on the Acropolis in Athens with an end goal to top a year ago’s setting – Westminster Abbey – Westminster Abbey – but as that wasn’t possible he sent out the latest collection in a corridor of the Palatine Gallery in Florence, among the work of Rubens and Caravaggio.
“Everything started from the idea of the Mediterranean, the antique Greek and Roman culture, how it still transforms everything,” Michele told WWD and that was reflected in the Renaissance ladies who skimmed down the catwalk to a harp course of action by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, brilliant wreaths on top of their fairy-like hair. Much like the Renaissance time frame, and what we have come to know about Michele’s Gucci there was a touch of everything – sequin adorned off-the-bear outfits, retro florals and pussybow pullovers.
As dependably it was marginally turned on its head, from the space-age pearl balaclava worn by one model to the sparkly “GG” logo printed tights and socks that were reminiscent of Tom Ford’s period at the brand. Retro motivation additionally came as the fur garment with puffy larger than average monogram sleeves, a gesture to 80s Harlem supplier Dapper Dan. Those with a keen eye may have also spotted the word “Guccy” appearing in a dress – not a spelling botch but rather the medieval spelling of the brand, and a riff on the thump offs that are doubtlessly sold everywhere throughout the world.
What’s more, from the star embellished ringed fingers of the models, the front row was equally star-studded with Beth Ditto, Kirsten Dunst and Elton John coming to see the spectacle. As for the creative director himself, he came out for his bow wearing a tee emblazoned with “Guccify yourself” a message that will undoubtedly reverberate with everybody after such a strong collection.