FLORENCE, ITALY

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Cruise Report -

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.

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