When it comes to Alessandro Michele, one can never be sure what the designer will bring to the table. Since his appointment at Gucci in 2016, the designer has managed to redefine the luxury fashion house and has also created and refined an aesthetic that has made Gucci one of the most sought after brands at the moment.
For his Fall/Winter 2019 show at Milan Fashion Week, Michele entered a dream world. Guests received invitations arriving in a wooden box, which opened up to reveal a papier-mâché mask of Hermaphroditus who in Greek mythology was said to be a two-sex child with a name made from his parents’ names, Aphrodite and Hermes. Hermaphroditus became a symbol of androgyny, which is something Michele took inspiration from for the FW19 range.
Guests entered the show space which was crafted from more than 120,000 LED lightbulbs, forming a bright elliptical wall integrated with mirrors and a long, mirrored runway. Covered from floor to ceiling with mirroring materials, the space was designed by Alessandro Michele to resemble a kaleidoscope.
As for the collection, Gucci debuted a wide range of patterns, textures and graphics, following the signature “more is more” aesthetic the label has become known for. The show saw models parading down the runway wearing masks, all inspired by a range of artwork like Fashion Fiction #1 by Eduardo Costa from 1966. The theme of androgyny remained true throughout the full show, with all models wearing dresses, blouses and extravagant pieces that captured Michele’s eclectic vision for the collection.
Take a look at some of the best looks from the Gucci Fall/Winter 2019 collection in the gallery above, and stay tuned as Milan Fashion Week kicks off this week with some of this seasons must-see shows.
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More than 120,000 LED lightbulbs form a bright, almost blinding elliptical wall which integrates with a more than 100-meter long mirrored runway similar to a shiny curved path for the #GucciFW19 fashion show. Covered from floor to ceiling with mirroring materials that endlessly reflect and refract lights and movements, the space designed by @alessandro_michele is illuminated by kaleidoscope of lights. #AlessandroMichele See the show live on Instagram Stories or through link in bio today at 3PM CET. #mfw
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The invitation for the #GucciFW19 fashion show by @alessandro_michele. Modelled like papier-mâché, a mask of Hermaphroditus, who in Greek mythology was said to be a two-sex child with a name compounded from his parents’ names Aphrodite and Hermes, and a symbol of androgyny. #AlessandroMichele See the show live on Instagram Stories or through link in bio Wednesday, February 20, 3PM CET. #mfw