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Gucci Opens Milan Fashion Week With 80s-Inspired Looks

By Chidirim Ndeche 21 September 2017   |   1:10 pm

The ’80s are truly back and are here to stay.

Gucci’s Alessandro Michele brought back the 1980s on the opening day of the latest Milan Fashion Week, with big bangs, square suits and enough sequins to drown a disco.

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

Michele has always been in love with the bookish chic, which led to the success of the fashion house since he took creative control in 2015.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

Gucci showed off a 2018 Spring-Summer collection that saw a lot of fringed foreheads, large round glasses and a striped and shiny tracksuit.

The runway reminded one of Atlantis on a foggy night as it was set among massive sculptures of some of humanity’s greatest symbols including a smiling Buddha and Thoth, ancient Egypt’s long-beaked god of magic and wisdom.

Guests arrive at the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

The idea guiding the show, according to Michele’s notes, is a refusal “to turn the page and stubbornly dwelling on a narration that consolidates on the beauty of the show”.

The 1980s-inspired clothes included a satin outfit trimmed in sequin stars that looked like something out of David Bowie’s wardrobe.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

There was also a brown three-piece suit that you could almost imagine in a faded Kodachrome photo — except that the model wearing it had slick white shades and hands encrusted in rings.

“It requires courage to slowly linger; to stay with care,” Michele’s notes said.

He certainly did that and took a bow to the applause of celebrities like Salma Hayek — whose husband Francois-Henri Pinault heads the French group Kering that owns Gucci.

The show was Gucci’s first since Kering announced a pledge earlier this month to ban ultra-thin models from its brands’ advertising and runways. Judging by appearances, it seems to have kept its word.

Scroll through some other photos from the show below:

**AFP

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