Alessandro Michele Makes Worlds Collide for Resort 2018

Alessandro Michele Makes Worlds Collide for Resort 2018

Alessandro Michele debuts a California renaissance collection.

Alessandro Michele debuts a California renaissance collection.

Photography: Max Papendieck

Text: Ian David Monroe

Gucci's Alessandro Michele has made a name for himself combining varying aesthetics in a way that shouldn't work but does, and gloriously so. The designer continued this tradition for the Cruise 2018 season, debuting a collection with inspirations ranging from the Greco-Roman to the Renaissance (fitting for the show's Florence location) to Los Angeles (an arguable hub of today's renaissance). In a post-show interview with Suzy Menkes, he said he was inspired by, "Antique Greek and Roman culture, but I was completely in L.A. [for this collection]. I was thinking about how the past, how the very beginning of European aesthetic started from there."

The collection itself included old world goddess gowns and crowns mixed with surprising pops of iridescent fabric and beading, a subtle nod to the star power of Hollywood. And the shining stars didn't stop at the clothes. Seated front row was Gucci fixture (and Gucci fragrance face) Jared Leto, Selma Hayek (wife of Gucci Group/Kering owner, Francois-Henri Pinault), Dakota Johnson (Gucci Bloom face), Beth Ditto, Elton John, and Kirsten Dunst. The latter was fresh from Cannes Film Festival, where her film The Beguiled received ample praise. Its director, Sofia Coppola, took home the Best Director award.

One thing to take away from the presentation is that Michele's unending love affair with American A-Listers is a reciprocal one, and we will be seeing plenty of these Resort pieces on the red carpet soon.

Take a first look below.

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