Review: Gucci Fall 2018 RTW, Milan Fashion Week

Beheaded models, sock monkey masks, pet dragons, and the mystical third eye all made special appearances at Gucci’s Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear show last month. Creative Director Alessandro Michele proved that anything can make a fashion statement.

Surgical beds and eerie lighting set the backdrop as a troop of unconcerned models sauntered down the runway in extravagant garb and accessories, some even clutching exact replicas of their heads, aiming to give rest to the conventional handbag trend. The Milan Fashion Week collection featured 90 freakishly-stunning looks that made for nothing short of a storybook fantasy. A diverse cast of models strutted down the runway in intricate and kitsch designs that were truly awe-inspiring.

The show embodied cross-cultural motifs with babushka headscarves, folk-inspired costumes, Renaissance florals, English tweed, Scottish plaid, jeweled headpieces, and more. The Gucci label featured its famous logo on contemporary items as well, including a Yankees cap, a Paramount Pictures tee, and a pullover with an emblazoned Manga character. By the end of the show, the intent of the hospital setting was clear. The mix-match aesthetic of clothing from different cultures can be viewed as a surgical construction of many identities coming together as one. In today’s political climate, the theme of culture and identity is especially relevant.

Expereince the full show below: