Gucci Cruise 2017 collection
The 700-year-old Westminster Abbey cloisters* -where Prince William wed Kate Middleton in 2011, where Princess Diana had her funeral and Queen Elizabeth II was crown- proved a dramatic setting for Alessandro Michele’s winning cruise 2017 collection, and only heightened its quirky charms.
“I really love the English aesthetic and it’s something that belongs to my language,” said Alessandro Michele backstage. “English culture is in a way very close to my beautiful chaos.” “The punk, the Victorian, the eccentric—with this inspiration, I can work all my life!”. The designer spiked his fey, granny-ish aesthetic with embroidered hoodies, soccer jerseys, stone-washed jeans, glittery bombers, striped athletic socks and creepers with Spice Girls monster rainbow platform boots, embroidered bags and pearl-studded loafers, giving ensembles some streetwear (Vetements-ish) muscle.
*The Abbey was founded in 960 as a Benedictine monastery, and rebuilt by St. Edward the Confessor in 1065. Henry III oversaw the construction of the building that stands today across from the Houses of Parliament. It is considered one of the most important Gothic buildings in England.