FLORENTINE NIGHTS

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Gucci pre­sented its lat­est re­sort col­lec­tion in the house’s birth­place, the Re­nais­sance-era city of Florence.

Gucci pre­sented its lat­est re­sort col­lec­tion in the house’s birth­place, the Re­nais­sance-era city of Florence.

“IT WAS SUCH A UNIQUE DIS­PLAY OF CRE­ATIVE THOUGHT AND IN­SPI­RA­TION”

For Gucci’s re­sort ’18 show, cre­ative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele chose to bring the sto­ried house’s lat­est col­lec­tion back to its Florentine roots – the first Gucci pre­sen­ta­tion in its home­town since 1995 and the days of Tom Ford. And what bet­ter venue than one of most fa­mous of Florence’s grand build­ings, the Re­nais­sance-era Palazzo Pitti, once owned by the Medici fam­ily and now a pub­lic mu­seum?

The Palazzo Pitti is cur­rently closed for restora­tions: Gucci was granted un­prece­dented ac­cess to the pala­tial com­plex as the Florentine house has been an ac­tive part­ner in the mas­sive restora­tion project, do­nat­ing €2 mil­lion to bring the palazzo’s ex­ten­sive Boboli Gar­dens back to their for­mer glory.

Be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tion of the re­sort col­lec­tion, guests gath­ered across the Arno river at the Uf­fizi Gallery, which hosts a breath­tak­ing col­lec­tion of paint­ings and sculp­tures from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelan­gelo, Bot­ti­celli, Car­avag­gio and Ti­tian, to name but a few. Amid heavy se­cu­rity, show-go­ers were ush­ered in small groups into the Vasari cor­ri­dor, a kilo­me­tre-long en­closed and el­e­vated walk­way be­tween the sec­ond floor of the Uf­fizi and the grounds of the Palazzo Pitti, once used by the Medici and high­rank­ing of­fi­cials to safely travel around the city and across the Arno above the renowned Ponte Vec­chio bridge.

The re­sort show it­self took place in the palazzo’s Pala­tine Gallery, across seven rooms filled with price­less Re­nais­sance art, with mod­els walk­ing a path cre­ated by two lines of vel­vet rope through the seated guests. Michele de­scribed the theme of the col­lec­tion as “Re­nais­sance meets rock’n’roll”. “I like pop­u­lar cul­ture and this is the rea­son why I like the Re­nais­sance, be­cause it is su­per pop,” Michele an­nounced. “Pop means we all un­der­stand it and ad­mire it.”

“It was such a unique dis­play of cre­ative thought and in­spi­ra­tion,” says Vogue Aus­tralia fash­ion di­rec­tor Chris­tine Cen­ten­era of the show. “We’ve come to ex­pect no less from Alessan­dro. For a rel­a­tively young man he dis­plays in­tel­lect and imag­i­na­tion be­yond just fash­ion but into the realm of arts and pop cul­ture.”

FLORENCE’S DUOMO – CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE – AGAINST A BALMY NIGHT SKY.

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