It’s no secret Gucci does what Gucci wants. And when it came to designing the cruise collection, it was no different. The point of Cruise, compared to F/W or S/S collections, is to really take the audience to a place and create a story or vision— one that inspires and even tickles the imagination. Alessandro Michele did just that in a French cemetery three days ago.
WWD recapped: “As night fell and guests including Saoirse Ronan, A$AP Rocky, and Salma Hayek took their places on mirrored cubes, a line of fire ignited down the central alleyway, signaling the start of the show. The models took to the alleyway thick and fast in outfits so intricate, it was almost difficult for the eye to keep pace. Alessandro Michele sent out a dizzying 114 looks for women and men, mixing brand signatures — think plaid skirts, floral silk prints and tiger patterns — with outfits designed for fantasy characters ranging from rock stars to 19th-century widows. Shrouded in velvet dresses and richly embroidered capes, models wielding flower bouquets emerged from the fog, evoking spectral Madonnas in the purest Catholic tradition. A black moire cape swept dangerously close to the flames, while a black fur coat with leg-of-mutton sleeves had a Seventies Victoriana edge.
“After cruising New York, London and Florence, France was the most natural and organic landing place for Gucci. I wanted to pay my homage to this incredibly important and fundamental country for our culture and history,” he told WWD in a statement prior to the show.”
The overall drama of the entire show was breathtaking. I really appreciate the art Michele always puts into his designs. The collection definitely had some nods to the Catholic Church and Victorian era, which I found interesting considering this years Met Gala was also centered around this theme. Michele also included Gucci’s signature floral and plaid patterns mixed in throughout the entire 114 looks—both of which I think Gucci does best and have made iconic to their brand.
What are your thoughts on this year’s cruise collection?
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