Alessandro Michele brings out the darkness at Gucci Resort 2017

Updated on June 13 2016

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.

Post image Related: A royal affair at Christian Dior Resort 2017

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Embellishments

This two-piece black embellished jacket and trousers is eye-catching thanks to the textures and dimensions.

2/10

Snakes and ladders

This sexy snake print adds a bit of colour (but not too much) to this sheer puffed sleeve Gothic-inspired dress.

 

3/10

Boarding school girl

Much like the school uniforms worn by English (or hey, Singapore) school girls, this black leather blazer and skater skirts include a subtle homage to the U.K. with its coloured piping.

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Sixties swing

Inspired by the era of The Beatles, this sixties, appliqué A-line black dress with a short hem has lots more drama thanks to its colour (or lack thereof).

5/10

Neo-Victorian 

This grunge-royal look is all about the drama with an ingeniously paired ball gown and  baseball cap.

6/10

Almost-classic 007

This black suit with fine red detailing and large bow changes up the classic James Bond look for something bit more avant-garde.

7/10

Lolita

In what way does it best describe a gothic church? Having a gothic lolita looking dress that is made up of fishnet and ruffles.

8/10

Birds of paradise

A statement piece for sure, this peacock design fur coat needs no description.

9/10

Supermodel cool

Drawing on the brand’s own heritage from the nineties, this cocoon zip up dress recalls the supermodel era and all its glamour.

10/10

Grunge gone glam

Michele goes rock ‘n’ roll with a black biker jacket and leather bandage skirt, completing the look with hints of plaid seen on the hood and scarf.