Gucci FW19 RTW collection: Masquerade meets punk in Milan

Alessandro Michele has returned to his roots at the Gucci Headquarters in Milan, where he unveiled the new ready to wear collection for this fall/winter – after his previous show ‘Gucci showtime SS19’ in Paris last year.

It was hard to believe that he could excel our expectations, even more, but Alessandro took on the modern twist of a masquerade and created a fashion kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, prints and signature sequin pieces. 

The runway – integrated with mirrored walls and a ceiling of LED lightbulbs – created a dramatic opening to the show with flashing lights and the sound of lions roaring, followed by the entrance of the models walking to 13th-century choral music. The use of the lighting was important in the production to reflect the shape and style of the clothing.

Vibrant colours and check prints were featured on the runway this year. Check tailored suits were a very popular staple in this collection because they drifted from the ‘traditional man suit’ with the use of 80s style broad shoulder pads and oversized jackets for women and men in cuffed pants and stiletto heels. In particular, this navy blue windowpane tailored suit with statement studs down the shawl. This reflects previous shows Gucci have done because they choose to not conform to gender stereotypes and represent an active community of freedom of expression. 

Model walks on the runway during the Gucci Ready To Wear Fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 held in Milan, Italy on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/Sipa USA)

Sequin embellished garments were seen again on the runway this season such as this green calcite mini dress with bishop sleeves, worn with crimson red tights paired a studded choker and a plastic bag containing a pair of heels. This created a statement look on the runway representing individuality. The models also wore natural makeup and hair but had gold tears painted under their eyes, or in this case a studded mask.

Model walks on the runway during the Gucci Ready To Wear Fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 held in Milan, Italy on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/Sipa USA)

The theme of androgyny remained throughout the show, with all models wearing dresses and extravagant pieces that captured Michele’s vision. This V neck red knit dress brought attention to the runway paired with a gold earpiece. Obscure accessories are no stranger to Gucci’s aesthetic as we know and for this year’s collection, Michele decided to include most of his models wearing masks and ear cuffs and this was inspired by artwork Fashion Fiction #1 by Eduardo Costa from 1966 which was featured in Vogue. 

Model walks on the runway during the Gucci Ready To Wear Fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 held in Milan, Italy on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/Sipa USA)

Alessandro Michele created a statement collection and made his debut appearance at the end of the show as tradition. He brought a new meaning to society and has left us inspired.

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