Gucci Cruise 2023 Resort “Blood Moon total lunar eclipse” Runway Show. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
For his Gucci Cosmogonie fashion show, Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, choose the cosmic event the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse. He desperately wanted to be part of it, and to use dazzling Blood Moon on the sky as a part of his decorum. After a total lunar eclipse, Earth and Moon form a straight line in the night sky. And runway show took on…
Alessandro Michele prepared the notes for this Cruise 2023 Resort Runway show:
From its very inception in 1240 by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Castel del Monte has been imbued with symbolic significance, which reveals itself through precise geometry. The number eight becomes a leading theme in the medieval structure, demonstrated through the central octagonal floor plan divided into eight rooms and surrounded by eight octagonal towers. Crowning a hill in the Apulian city of Andria, the monument sits seemingly isolated 540 meters above sea level where it is bathed in light at every hour of the day. Given its formal perfection and harmonious blending of various elements from Northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity, Castel del Monte perfectly represents a crossroads of the different peoples, cultures, civilizations, and religions that have shaped the Mediterranean.
The Gucci Cosmogonie fashion show will be set against the suggestive setting of Castel del Monte, a historical location that Alessandro Michele holds dear. In occasion of the show, the House will continue its commitment to sustain, preserve, and promote cultural and artistic heritage by supporting an enhancement project of Castel del Monte, which will improve the visitor experience of the World Heritage Site.
Just at sundown, against the backdrop of the historic Castel del Monte in Andria, Italy, Alessandro Michele debuted his latest collection for the House. A series of constellations illuminated the runway, progressing a narrative that traverses centuries, geographies, and languages.
In his notes on the Gucci Cosmogonie show, debuting soon from Castel del Monte in Italy, Alessandro Michele pays homage to Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, the latter of whom was a collector of quotations: “He discovers them from the depths of the sea and he brings them back on the surface of the water, as rare and precious pearls.” In the Creative Director’s latest collection for the House, he draws inspiration from the Pearl Diver’s ability to “illuminate connections, which would otherwise be invisible.”
Mystical encounters and mythological places – it is all written in the stars. In Gucci Cosmogonie, Alessandro Michele gathered elements that at first sight seem atomized and dispersed, but become an assembly of complicity – “a connective structure that lights up the darkness through the epiphany of a constellation.”
Traversing decades through details, Alessandro Michele envisioned Gucci Cosmogonie as a magnificent and poetic fete of colors, silhouettes, and references, highlighting once more that there are no rules when it comes to dressing up. Optical patterns and plays on proportions, retro-inspired boots, transparencies and tailoring, and all-over sequins and crystals to illuminate looks. “I always make clothes shine, if I can,” said the Creative Director on his latest collection.
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