You can say that watching Gucci’s Spring-Summer 2018 show back in September was an intense one, thanks to the myriad looks (well, 107 to be specific) that came down the runway at Milan Fashion Week. The number exceeds a typical runway show, which then again is quite normal since both its menswear and womenswear show had been combined into one. And that’s not all. The whole notion of gender-specific outfits doesn’t work anymore at Gucci, which has broken everything down into one that’s all about gender fluidity.
The large number of looks are also in part due to the diverse range of references Creative Director Alessandro Michele was inspired by. At the #GucciSS18 presentation today, there was a mix of 80’s glamour, the intricate use of macrame lace techniques, English tweeds, and references to Disney, Sega and even Warner Brothers by way of Snow White, the iconic gaming logo and Bugs Bunny respectively.
As for the range of bags, there are plenty to keep us excited with a huge collection that will be launched from February 2018. For starters, you can expect an extension of the Ophidia range coming in a GG Supreme canvas body and a brown suede version, both jazzed up with GG logo zipper pulls. The Sylvie was also on display, with the SS18 variation coming in easy-to-match neutrals of Black and Cream that’s rendered in luscious exotic croc.
What’s new and interesting are the rubber laundry bags that will be available in several colours, as well as the leather portfolio bags that fan out at the base like your favourite book (or an accordion, if you really want to be specific), with options available with the word GUCCY in the Sega font. The best part? The key that locks (and opens) the bag actually doubles up as a necklace, so that’s essentially two Gucci products for the price of one. Speaking of two-for-one, the ‘crown’ that you see on the velvet mannequin’s head can also act as a choker/necklace on the models but no one is going to stop you from feeling like a pretty princess when you wear it as a crystal-embellished tiara.
Of course, no Gucci collection is complete without an array of blinged-out accessories that include everything from sparkly earrings to chunky sunglasses that are obviously statement-making pieces that take you back to the disco-era days. This is just a preview, which also means do stay tuned for more updates to come.