The Faces of Gucci Cruise 2017
Backstage and off catwalk
at Westminster Abbey

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Alessandro Michele first unleashed his exuberant vision for 1921 founded, Florence based fashion house Gucci during the Fall 2015 menswear shows in Milan. Gone were the cigarette-smoke veiled, glam rock suited Rock Stars of recent Gucci collections, to be replaced with Michele’s globetrotting and antique shop scavenging cast. Several months, and plenty of beautiful creations later, Michele chose the historic surrounds of Westminster Abbey’s cloisters as the latest stage. Gucci had packed for an impactful arrival in the British capital. A staggering 96 complete men’s and women’s looks were shown to a packed audience seated on Gucci velvet cushions, sewn specifically for the day. Pointing out the similarities between British culture and his own eclectic taste, Michele paid tribute in the form of Union Jack knit sweaters, Victorian teagowns and intricately embroidered insignias. Accessories also referenced some the UK’s national treasures of late, as models balanced on multicolour platform boots the likes of which had not been seen since Ziggy Stardust’s most memorable performances. We caught up with some of the day’s models before their transformation into sparkling Gucci-clad heroes and just minutes after their turn on the catwalk.

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