The first thing that springs to mind when Gucci is mentioned is probably not a gothic church on an overcast day in London, but the brand new Cruise collection was beautifully presented amongst the centuries-old cloisters, and involved a wonderful array of traditional British styles and fabrics. There was a tartan gown with black Victorian-style jewellery, floral patterns galore and Gucci’s famous Sylvie bag in azure blue, with a floral design inspired by traditional English Gardens. Lovely. The UK inspiration was strong for this collection, a highlight being the Union Jack intarsia jumper that was paired with a tartan skirt that had a King Charles Spaniel embroidered on the front. There was no doubt that Gucci was bringing traditional British garms back.
Imagine every colour under the sun, then imagine all these colours parading through Westminster Abbey. From the pale blue denim jackets with orange cat embroideries and pink roses, to bright red and lime green coats and the baby pink tiered ruffle dress, Michele had utilised every area of the colour spectrum. A yellow tartan skirt with a spaniel in front of some flames was paired with a rainbow-hued stripy jumper with an embroidered brown cat set the tone for how daring Michele was to go with his colour pairings. Colour was also splashed across the needle-point seat cushions that were embroidered with snakes and tigers for the guests to sit on in the pews. There was no detail left un-coloured.
Accessories Are Everything
Those square glitter glasses are back, but this time, they’ve got flip up lenses. There was a lot of focus on eyewear and headwear. There were electric blue wide-brimmed hats, cat-eye sunglasses, poppy red beanies, silky floral head scarves wrapped up tightly to keep the rain off, and a typically-British straw boater. Shoes ranged from rainbow-soled creepers to multi-strapped Mary-Janes and loafers with a Union Jack emblazoned across them. Totally, gorgeously British from head to toe.