Mere hours after Dior’s unnecessary trip to London to début their “Cruise” season collection, Alessandro Michele of Gucci also held a “destination” runway event in the same place. Well, nearly the same place., Where Dior was settled in a country estate fit for Earls and Dukes, Gucci decided that they were worth nothing less than royalty and rented out the historical Westminster Abbey.
A former Cathedral that has had a church standing in that location since the time of the Normal invasion, and the current one since the 1500s, this is a place that has been the site of historical events of crownings of kings and queens and marriages of the same as well. The level of one upmanship was hard to miss. And that’s before one gets to the clothes.
Michele certainly had a lot to say when it came to this collection, with was a Lagerfeld-esque 95 strong, and featured both men and women’s look intermingled. The theme was simple: an Italian’s dream of UK culture. The results were beyond striking, with pieces that referenced all the way back to pre-WW II era straight through to Doctor Who, the Beatles, punk jeans, tartans, Thatcher era printed silk frocks, Spice Grrrrrrl wear, EDM rave inspired separates and everything else in between. And of course, there were references to the weather everyone, as the giant appliques rained cats and dogs.
Despite the homage to the UK, Michele made it a point to emphasize the closeness of his only Italian house and that of the England, telling anyone who would listen that the UK is part of the greatness of European culture in a plea to those assembled not to do the economically disastrous thing of voting for the Brexit later this month. it seemed though that he was preaching to the choir when it came to all that. The design world of London knows what’s economically sound for their businesses and many echo’d how good for everyone it would be if they remained a unified Europe. here’s hoping.
Ninety-five is a *lot* of looks, and though there were not out-and-out repeats like a Lagerfeld show, we’ve still condensed them to a solid sixty-four, below.