Rabbit fur, pearls, snakes and a nod to the throne, the Italian house took over Westminster Abbey for its latest show
Is anglomania to be the next big thing in fashion? If you're looking to two of the most recent cruise collections, it's possible. Fresh behind the Dior Cruise '17 show, held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Gucci has also looked to our Mother Country as its new season muse, taking over Westminster Abbey, no less, for its Cruise '17 show.
A a self-confessed anglophile, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has spoken about his love of Jane Austen, "one of the first feminists, she really understood what happens between a woman and a man," as well as Queen Elizabeth I whom he has namechecked as an ongoing inspiration. So to host the show in Westminster Abbey, where his royal muse was crowned, is quite the fit.
Featuring a whopping 96 looks, all nodding to the vast cross-section of British history and culture- from the union jack to punks, Scots, the royals, Victorian times, Carnaby St silhouettes, English sporting attire, and there's even a look with a Gucci logo-emblazed sloppy jumper as it's centrepiece, that could be interpreted as a nod to the East London cool kids of now. Ultimately, Michele's latest collection stayed quite true to the path he has lovingly paved for the Italian house: kooky, surreal, colourful; a mish-mash of colours, textures and cultural influences from a mind that can only be described as brilliant.