If these past few years at Gucci are anything to go by, the Italian label is having a major Renaissance moment. This Cruise ’18, Alessandro Michele made it a literal statement, bringing editors, stylists, and influencers du jour to the romantic city of Florence. For fashion’s resident magpie, where else would you host a gloriously gilded collection but at the city’s lavish Palatine Gallery? Especially if you consider all of its magnificent treasures: artworks by Titian and Raphael—most representative of Florentine Baroque and indicative of Michele’s latest collection for the season. Take for example a powershouldered magenta gown, adorned with heavily embellished trompe-l’oeil garlands, or a fur-lined gilded cape paired with Swarovski-encrusted monogrammed tights. Then, to throw off a glamorous look, sporty cardigans were worn with diaphanous bohemian dresses, while parodied slogans in the form of “Guccy” and “Guccify Yourself” came emblazoned across sweaters and relaxed T-shirts. How things have changed since the days of Frida Giannini, though in this new spirit of Michele’s maximalism, the word “Renaissance” couldn’t have been any more appropriate.