It's not always that the sights and sounds in Rome, were second to last evening's Gucci fanfare. After a relatively quiet showing of the Italian fashion house's pre-fall 2019 collection last year, Gucci returned to full force with its usual theatrical runway show to present the cruise 2020 collection. While the brand came to be in Florence, Italy, the country's capital has been Gucci's headquarters since 2009.
The cruise 2020 collection was presented within the walls of the Capitoline Museums—widely considered as the first museum in the world—surrounded by Roman sculptures and art. In a rather dim-lit setting with only spots of lights (thanks to torches held by guests) highlighting the space, the show started big with an all-black ensemble that was topped off with a massive fanned-out headdress. And then, in quick succession, model after model strutted down in various nods to Rome. There was the unmistakable interpretation of the toga on a male model in look 2, another toga variation but this time draped over a plaid suit, as well as multiple looks in red and white, drawn from Roman army uniforms.
It was the usual Gucci collection, but further marked by political statements about abortion and a woman's right to decide on what's best for her—a response to the strict abortion laws that were recently proposed in a few states in the US.
While the collection was full of Alessandro Michele's excessive stylings and opulent aesthetic, the guests who attended the show were equally impressive. If you've always wondered how Gucci's otherworldly designs would translate on mere mortals (well, at least those who aren't the typically waif-thin Gucci model type), last evening's festivities was an example of how wearing full Gucci isn't as ridiculous as one would think.
Sure, there are some outfits one wouldn't normally wear on the regular. But generally, these guests prove that being clad in all Gucci is not as daunting as expected. It has to do with the breadth of a Gucci collection—there's the more subtle spectrum of tailoring and streetwear-inspired looks, and then there's the other end that increasingly gets embellished with sequins, lace and all other manners of flourishes.
From Lucas Hedges' pared back look to Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri's full-on jacquard suit, the Gucci gang is for sure, a very diverse one.