CEMETERY FASHION SHOW ON FIRE
GUCCI CRUISE 2019 SHOW
Like other big couture houses, Gucci joined the trend of having the resort show in France; except Gucci did it somewhat and somewhere different: at an ancient Roman cemetery.
The Promenade Des Alyscamps is the name of the Roman Necropolis that was turned into a cemetery, and then turned into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“Alyscamps is a Roman cemetery, but it’s also not a cemetery, it was a promenade, it became a walk in 1700s; it is hybridized, it does not look like a cemetery because it is and it isn’t. I like things that seem like something but are not,” said Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele on Twitter days before the show.
Leave it to Alessandro Michele to surprise everyone and pick the most unusual place to have a fashion cruise show.
Front-row guests included Salma Hayek, ASAP Rocky and Elton John, who later on performed at the show’s after-party, which also took place at the cemetery. The 400 guests that attended the show were given, well, quite the show. Michele completely went dark-side for this collection, and let us tell you: it is eerie yet fascinating.
If the collection were not dramatic enough, candelabras and lines of fire illuminated the runway, creating an inferno-looking scene with smoke flying up in the air as the models walked by the fire. Spectacular. Mystical. Eerie. Surreal. With a church behind the runway where the models came out of, the whole setting was breathtaking.
Some of the most captivating looks consisted of Gothic-Victorian lace and ruffled dresses accessorized with headpieces, cross necklaces, chokers and earrings, and beautiful
bouquets making the models look like widows from the Victorian era. “The ancient cemetery was the setting for looks inspired by widows from another century, groupies and unconventional beauty from the end of the Roman Empire.” – Alessandro Michelle tweeted.
Pinks, greens, lots of florals, dazzling sequins dresses and headpieces, rich-colored velvet capes and neon lace tights added a pop of color and spark to the dark-themed collection.
As we already mentioned, cross accessories were quite the statement, but the shell earrings and necklaces caught everyone’s attention as well. Since the ‘80s are making a comeback, an ‘80s vibe was implemented in the show with “granny” glasses, zebra prints, and classic ‘80s hairstyles.
And for us Californians: Chic sweaters and bags with an illustration of a faun with the words “Chateau Marmont” underneath that has California people talking about
To close the surreal vision: a vintage looking Gucci bridal gown closed the show; accessorized with a peony bouquet and a fabulous headpiece with a long feather.