Five things you should know about Gucci’s 2017 cruise wear collection
Italian fashion house created sensory overload with its show this week in the cloisters of London’s Westminster Abbey. Fashion editor Jing Zhang picks out what to take away from it all
1. With a total of 96 looks, creative director Alessandro Michele showed off a collection bigger than most cruise lines. It featured an explosion of vivid hues, textures and playful prints and motifs. There was an eccentric and almost maddening array of frills, school uniform references, lurex brocade, laces, tweed and furs in Gucci’s latest high-low-fashion mash-up. And then there were cats, lots and lots of cats.
2. The show was held in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey in London. As one of the most important religious buildings in England, the abbey is the traditional site for royal coronations and this is the first time they’ve allowed a fashion show to be held here, making it a huge coup for the Italian luxury brand.
3. The guest list was very limited, but included Will.I.Am, Elle Fanning, A$AP Rocky and Georgia May Jagger, who hung around at the cloisters after the show to enjoy a glass of champagne and speak to Gucci’s star designer.
4. A new collaboration with a technology and electronics company meant that some models wore smartwatches and headphones down the catwalk. This was a cool and contemporary take on pushing a heritage brand like Gucci towards the future while referencing the street style London is famous for.
5. Michele took inspiration from different eras of English sartorial history. The influence of London’s punk rock movement could be seen in the aggressive metallic studs on denim jackets and pointy shoes. Schoolboy caps and tongue-in-cheek rain hats made for quirky accessories.