Gucci showed its Fall/Winter 2017 collection Feb. 23 for Milan Fashion Week, according to the New York Times. Headed by Alessandro Michele, the label presented in their new headquarters, a space spanning 377,000 square feet. Gucci showed its men’s and its women’s collections together, and instead of presenting on a traditional runway, opted for a showroom display with mannequins.
The show included ventures into a variety of colors and styles, The Washington Post reported. There was a robe covered in ruffles, paired with bejeweled sunglasses; a tight-fitting black dress; striped suits; aviator hats; and masks.
The array of designs became costume-like in variety, The New York Times reported. Crystals were featured frequently. A T-shirt with denim shorts and a bejeweled bodysuit, a black velvet ensemble, a crystal-embroidered shift dress in blue were all part of the collection.
Then there were the unusual combinations: in the womenswear, a paper parasol-shaded ankle-length floral ensemble that was paired with a checked blazer; a mannequin holding a wicker basket sported a frog-closed jacket and large tortoiseshell glasses; and a fantasy-style billowing cape covered a full-length, high collared dress, styled along with flashy asymmetrical sunglasses.
Another pair of those sunglasses reappeared in the menswear, with a brown overcoat and yellow suede bell bottoms. Other mannequins wore bodysuits with animal graphics, including one with a cutout at the torso. One sported baggy jeans with rolled cuffs and an AC/DC shirt with a slit collar, tucked into a leather belt with an oversized buckle.
Michele told The Washington Post that he applies the principle of alchemy to fashion design: he changes poor things into gold.
Among the attendees were ASAP Rocky and Florence Welch, who read from Jane Austen and William Blake for the invitations to the show. Michele said that he wanted to return to believing a story.