There’s something about the U.K. these days that, coupled with Italian luxury and design, is producing amazing things. After Dior’s royal showing at Blenheim Palace, Gucci follows suit with a very different kind of aesthetic but nonetheless an astounding show at the Westminster Abbey in London.
The iconic church has witnessed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and more recently, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and now, it’s first fashion show. For his ninth collection for Gucci, Alessandro Michele creates an environment for Resort 2017 that is somewhat darker, and more subversive than the traditional summery looks. Michele has always been an Anglophile; his fascination with British culture and its heritage was one of the main reasons he wanted to show in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks (apparently his first choice was Buckingham Palace, which clearly ran into security issues). Held in the cloisters of the Abbey, the show was a true homage to the country.
Known for his revolution of the Gucci girl, transforming her from Upper East Side to eclectic librarian thrift princess, Michele has been the wunderkind of fashion of late, bringing a new kind of cool into the old fashion house with his love of chunky glasses and heirloom rings. With a whopping 96 looks, this collection is infused with British influences like Union Jack pullovers, tartan printed everything and acid wash jeans. And with a surprise twist from his typically “colour crazed” aesthetic, there were lots of black.
The dark tones of these pieces naturally stood out in a sea of colour, here we’ve highlighted our 10 favourite “dark and stormy” looks that fit perfectly in the famous cathedral and in London’s traditionally dreary weather.