Westminster Abbey

July 1, 2016 13 London, United Kingdom

In the face of every player in the luxury world trying to outplay each other with exotic destinations and fine dining experiences to draw press attention away from their lack of genuine innovation, that the house of Gucci will continue to push the boundaries of what we feel aesthetically comfortable with.

Here’s looking at you, purple leggings.

We need not reiterate that Alessandro Michele’s great success with Gucci is his authenticity. Wandering in awe through the marbles tombs of Westminster Abbey, ornate with gold leaf and jewel-tone paint pigments, muted by centuries of respect and worship and soaring ceilings to some invisible and uniting religious force of art and literature and science (interestingly, Charles Darwin included); and then the following morning, enraptured by Botticelli’s glorious depictions of women as deified cultural figureheads and purveyors of luminous skin; one could so clearly establish the connection between the religious iconography, bold primary colours and opulent embellishment of such an iconic church, and its practice’s painterly glorifiers.

Alessandro himself looks and speaks as though he’s been lifted from an early Renaissance Florentine fresco.

Truthfully, it’s moving.

And all spectating at Gucci’s Resort 2017 show in London were certainly moved, if only by their seismic shift in attitude towards electric purple lace footless tights, and the embroidered green cushions that all guests took home from their seats. Even so, having ninety-seven looks walk over the resting places of significant figures in the English Church was not at all perceived an ostentatious display of luxury in the face of history and religion – rather, and a cinematic and amplifying educator to the masses of jaded industry on why we’re in this crazy game. That is, clothing as an expression of art, history and character.

In this instance, Alessandro chronicle the entire history of British costume, which in retrospect, appears to trill a nostalgic swan song to the rising Great Britain that was (before this past week’s disastrous fall) through everything from the Tudors, to Beefeaters, to our beloved English Rose, to newsboys of the

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  • Margaret your blog has always been of such high standard and informative! You just give me so much more insight on the creative side of the fashion industry instead of just the end products. And your photos are stunning! I love it!!!

    Thanks for keeping us updated!

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  • I love how you’ve drawn a connection between the history of the Abbey and Gucci and Alessandro’s aesthetic. As I recapped all the looks after the show I really enjoyed watching bits and pieces of British history walk down this historical runway with a certain Gucci twist. Truly, this is what fashion is meant to be, an expression of something.

    As always, love your writing and the beautiful imagery – I really want one of those green cushions -.-

    x
    Shloka
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  • Joy

    What amazing photo edit.

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  • Great designs and amazing place!

    Today on the blog an Interior Design proposal with White and grey as main protagonists…and some very especial Green touches !! ;)
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  • Stephanie

    Love all of the collection! The details is amazing <3

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  • fixatedfaiyaz

    You’re an absolute force in the industry. Never lose your voice!

    xx Faiyaz
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  • All of the pieces are so pretty! Gucci never gets it wrong. <3

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  • Marta Sierra Marti

    Such a great and informative post! I just love the way you connected history with this wonderful collection.
    As always, your photo edit is out of this world!!

    Marta
    http://www.martamademoiselle.com

  • Your photoshop and writing skills are absolutely beyond! Actually, everything you do is beyond amazing.

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  • viktoria
  • There’s something irresistible about your perspective and way of writing that keeps me coming back for more EVERY. SINGLE. POST. It’s so refreshing to read from your blog when many others may seem so commercial and less personal like yours.

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  • I can really appreciate how the collection amplified the venue. It seems like many labels these days just show in a place that looks amazing but don’t pay tribute to its history.

    Jen
    http://www.tnightwedream.com

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