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Debuting its latest designs through a filmed runway show, Gucci celebrates its 100th anniversary with the collection “Aria.” Co-directed by the house’s Alessandro Michele and director Floria Sigismondi, the film was set in a glossy white hallway of walls filled with strobing theatrical lighting, giving off an effect reminiscent of paparazzi. Lights flashed as the models strutted down the hall, dressed to the nines, walking in time with a soundtrack of songs featuring the word “Gucci” (like Rick Ross and Future’s Green Gucci Suit).
The house’s signature more-is-more aesthetic continued for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2021 season, bringing us influences from various periods and styles of dress—including references to other fashion houses. Describing his work for the house as a “hacking lab,” Michele called upon the codes and aesthetics of outside sources for inspiration, following the pursuit of constant renewal and metamorphosis. We saw elements from areas like equestrian wear, clerical uniforms, classic tailoring, and even branding from other fashion houses, elevated and reimagined for this suite of new designs.
Juxtapositions abounded, like fitted and oversized, lace paired with feathers, mixed prints and hues across the spectrum. Looks of note included a long green dress with puffed sleeves, zipper details, and a leather-and-metal harness; a coat with structural pleats and long, cape-like sleeves styled with riding boots and a leather helmet reading “savoy club;” and a sensual, sheer look featuring floral beading, long strands of crystal fringe, a black bandeau top, and a tiny, bejeweled anatomical heart clutch. A green and orange polka-dot suit with fluffy sleeve detailing caught our eye, as did a cropped blouse with sequins and baubles reminding us of a cut-off football jersey, and a simple double-breasted overcoat in blue with a matching hat.