Today in Milan Gucci’s guests sat in a make-believe operating theatre to watch Alessandro Michele’s cast of weirdos resurrect the fashion victim for autumn winter 2018. As the merry-go-round of international collections made a stop into Italy today, it’s easy to think of this bi-annual race to piece together new trends and resurrect old house codes as fashion Frankenstein.
With tongue firmly placed in cheek, Gucci presented models wearing diaphanous dust bags as outerwear, with headless mannequins for accessories and snakes as arm candy. Trends were mashed up into new forms, like a cardigan jacket with a pearl necklace placed with a paillettes miniskirt and sneakers, a New York Yankees emblem in place of a logo on a blazer's breast pocket and cocktail dresses - like one in turquoise with ruffles - worn over khaki trousers. Nothing was as it seems and everything was topsy-turvy. But, isn't that the magic Michele's Gucci?
While the eccentric might feel inclined to try the look head to toe, there were pieces that will effortlessly translate into red carpet and real life sartorial moments. Look at the frilled velvet long-sleeve dress, for instance, take away its check trousers and balaclava and it looks ripe for an A-Lister. The burgeoning silk scarf trend, which found favour today as well as previously with Balenciaga and Queen Elizabeth's favourite Richard Quinn, looks set to rock a Zara very soon. As for the accessories, statement jewellery shows no signs of abating, and this season Gucci turned it up a notch with layers of bangles and a cross-section of headwear, from dad caps to turbans and beanies.
This was an ode to wearing every trend an item at once. Eclectic, eccentric and definitely exciting.