Gucci‘s Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2019 collection was, like Resort 2019, another collection of opulent, ’70s-inspired wearables. The house’s taste for over-the-top presentations remained intact, as the runway took over Paris’ famed Le Palace, a Grace Jones-approved club-cum-theater.
Following the premiere of an oddball arthouse film, projected on the theater walls, models began to snake through the narrow aisles. Flowing double-breasted suits gave way to ruffled yellow dresses and opulent floral cardigans, later overshadowed by monogram-printed underwear (worn without pants, of course). Even the less-lavish designs were undercut with bold flourishes, like a trim black dress embellished with lace leggings and a draping gold appliqué, topped off with enormous, face-enshrouding sunglasses. Unrelenting bursts of color came from pink sashes, pea-green suits, sequined blazers and strawberry-printed pants, furthering Gucci’s signature off-kilter styling.
Surprising accessories were kept to a minimum; there wasn’t any dragons, although a live cockatoo was placed on one model’s shoulder. Bags varied from leather totes and fur-trimmed carry-alls to several shaped like Mickey Mouse‘s head, one of the season’s prime pop culture touches. Elsewhere, Dolly Parton was airbrushed on the rear of a cut-off denim jacket and printed on a pink sweatsuit, tying in with Western nods like cowboy hats and flared trousers. Parton wasn’t the only woman of honor at the show, however; legendary French-British actress and singer Jane Birkin made a sudden appearance, rising from her seat for a performance that lasted less than two minutes, before giving the spotlight back to the clothes.
Watch the indulgent collection in action below.
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