The amazing Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, gathered all the Gucci lovers in Florence on Monday night. The Resort 2018 Collection of the luxury fashion brand took place inside the Palatine Gallery of Palazzo Pitti at the center of the city. Alessandro, known for his unique and eccentric style, showed one more collection that left everyone in awe. The renaissance-inspired Resort 2018 line definitely deserves praise for its special charm.
Michele’s primary desire was to present the collection at the Parthenon in Athens, but the historic building has a strict code about any type of events. That is how Gucci scored the cradle of the European Renaissance- Florence. The A-listers followed the show in seven of the rooms inside the Pitti Palace. The models walked 115 looks on a runway that was perfectly roped off with velvet ropes to match the whole atmosphere. In every room, there was a harpist. The Palatine Gallery is home to many masterpieces by the most famous artists of all times such as Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Perugino, Velazquez, Caravaggio and more.
The most interesting details were the embroideries on the stools that are actually words from the poem “A Song for Bacchus” by Lorenzo de’ Medici. The following lines were embroidered on the stools: “How beautiful our Youth is/That’s always flying by us/Who’d be happy let him be so:/Nothing’s sure about tomorrow.” For those who don’t know, Gucci was first established in Florence and is currently based there.
“At the beginning, I was thinking of Greece and Athens but it was not possible, so I was thinking what was the most powerful place for that kind of inspiration,” Alessandro explained about the choice of the venue. “Everything started from the idea of the Mediterranean, the antique Greek and Roman culture, how it still transforms everything. The other big step was the Renaissance so I came here and it was the right moment for the brand, the company started here, what I am doing is closer to the city than at other moments of the company. Florence is still one of the most fascinating metropolises of the past. I adore the classical pieces of our culture, the Greek and Roman are still inside and everywhere, it’s impossible to disconnect. I feel very comfortable here.”
Michele got inspired by the times of the Renaissance. According to the designer, he feels very connected and inspired by those times, and the beauties such as Simonetta Vespucci (who was a model of Botticelli). Alessandro used only four words to describe his masterpieces — “Renaissance rock ‘n’ roll”.
He most certainly knows how to give life to the brand’s logo. This time the slogans “Guccy”, “Guccify Yourself” and “Guccification” were in the center of attention. The designer combined many embroideries, pearls, floral fabrics and fringe designs. His eccentricity, excess and extravagance had a jaw-dropping effect on the guests. Snakes, dragons, Chinese guardian lions, black cats, and teddy bears were just a part of the diversity embroidered on oversized quilted jackets, yellow puffers and more.
The line offered a lot of strange but lovable designs for both men and women. The accessories included literally everything you can imagine. The bags were available in all sizes, with the recognizable logo on all of them. Also, hats were a big part of the show and we had a chance to see turbans, pearl hats, and dainty laurel crowns. The makeup was simple, but daring, with eyebrow-less models and models with pearls as eyebrows. Words are just not enough to describe the head-spinning show that happened in Florence.
The 2018 Cruise Show was attended by hundreds of editors from all over the world and many A-listers following the show wearing Gucci from head to toe. The all-time Gucci lovers Jared Leto, Dakota Johnson, Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, Sir Elton John, Dev Hynes, Soko, Kirsten Dunst, David Furnish, and Beth Ditto were all there to celebrate Michele’s extraordinary collection.
The beautiful venue cost Gucci “only” 200.000 euros, but it was totally worth it. Gucci announced that they are going to donate $2.1 million that will be used for the restoration of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, that The Palatine Gallery overlooks. This is the first collection that the luxury brand presented in Florence since 1995.
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