Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.
The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as part of Milan Fashion Week at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, with the likes of Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Florence Welch, and Amandla Stenberg all perched on the front row.
But rather than hold a conventional presentation, Michele chose to unveil exactly what occurs behind the scenes, with guests entering the venue to find themselves in the “backstage” area where the models were getting ready and designers, stylists, and tailors were applying final touches.
“There’s the rapture of a gift, in this unrepeatable ritual. There’s the promise of a precious delivery. Lights out. The congregation lingers, awaiting with open hands,” the designer commented in the show notes. “A pin-drop silence, to receive my uneven heartbeats and my thrills. I offer my poetics to this tribe of emancipated spectators. May they use to wonder. May they help me understand it. They can use it to reawaken dormant questions. Or else, they can simply reject it, if they can’t find a way to open a door of compassion.”
With the stage set on a revolving platform, the models in complete stillness at the front.
As always, Michele drew upon an eclectic mix of references, including ladylike dresses with Peter Pan collars, Tudor-inspired lace with embroidery, ruffled ballgowns, Puritan-esque hats, and conservative tartan skirts paired with high-neck lace tops.
Other highlights included a suit with delicate floral pattern and matching tie, a blue velvet baby doll number worn with orange tights, and a lace dress accessorised with a black leather harness over the top and heavy crucifix necklace.
To conclude, Michele offered up a hippy-inspired look comprised of a peasant top, bandana and torn jeans and a jaunty suit made up of plaid trousers and a tangerine blazer with black silk lapels.
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