As creative director for Gucci, Alessandro Michele’s glittery, mismatched ensembles are fit for a nerdy, eccentric granny. We know what an accessory under his eye looks like: a jokey fanny pack, a velvet bow neck-tie, a monstrously high ’70s platform shoe. And now we can add decapitated heads and baby dragons to the mix.
For Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection Michele sent down a few models holding their own decapitated heads. Because what says “you’ll never be able to afford this or even find it in stores near you” like a gorgeous severed head?
The runway show took place in an eerie, mint-green surgical room with Gregorian choir music, embellished with the sounds of dialing phones and ticking clocks, on the speakers. There was a Russian influence running through the eclectic collection itself, with unibrowed models decked out floral babushkas or lace and neon-knit balacavas that called to mind the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Elsewhere, logos for the Yankees and Paramount Pictures were plastered onto leather baseball caps and preppy suit jackets. The whole show fell neatly in line with Michele’s “tacky, but make it fashion” aesthetic.
But the heads really made the greatest impression. As did this inexplicable baby...dragon...accessory? Is that what it is?
I’m just dying to get on the wait list for this.