While most of us spent Memorial Day weekend poolside or at a barbecue, the fashion pack flew to Florence, Italy for Gucci’s Resort 2018 show, the latest in the traveling circus of inter-season runways.
According to Vogue‘s Sarah Mower, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele initially wanted to set the show at Athens’s Parthenon, but pesky historical preservation laws prevented him from doing so. Instead, he presented his mashed-up vision of Classical culture, Renaissance art (a perennial Michele inspiration) and tongue-in-cheek counterfeit references — one of which has landed him in a bit of hot water from those accusing him of ripping off Harlem artist Dapper Dan.
The massive 115-look show was full of Michele signatures, like loud prints of flora and fauna, cheeky logo placements, pearl detailing and granny-chic accessorizing. Inspiration from Ancient Greece popped up in some of the pieces: The jeweled headwear was placed like laurel wreaths atop models hairstyles, and Gucci’s trompe l’oeil work took the form of pleated robes. Elsewhere, there were references to the athleisure trend still going strong, seen in the white mesh shirt emblazoned with the Gucci logo and striped track pants.
As with all of Michele’s work for Gucci thus far, there was a lot to take in. See every look from the Gucci Cruise 2018 collection in the gallery below.
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