As can only be expected, Gucci closed out this year’s Milan Fashion Week festivities with a display meant to honor Alessandro Michele’s fifth year at the creative helm. For those unaware, the label’s Fall/Winter 2020 showcase marked its return to the traditional menswear calendar, after having sat sidelines since 2017.
Gucci’s frontman is revered far and wide for blurring both, menswear and womenswear codes in a manner conducive to fashion’s evolutionary timeline. With that in mind, models paraded down the catwalk in fits that not only addressed gender ambiguity, but also touched upon a throng of sartorial subcultures. As disclosed by the label itself, “Toxic masculinity, in fact, nourishes abuse, violence and sexism. … it produces oppressors and victims at the same time. It seems necessary to suggest a desertion, away from patriarchal plans and uniforms. It’s time to celebrate a man who is free to practice self-determination, without social constraints, without authoritarian sanctions, without suffocating stereotypes.”
Patterned prints, including, checks, stripes and florals featured heavily throughout, as did an eccentric color palette, involving muted pinks, deep greens, soft browns and shimmery metallics. Contrasting silhouette shapes also caught the eye, as form-fitting bottoms juxtaposed against billowy tops and vice versa. An assortment of expressive accents also play into Michele’s creative vision, doing well to pair featured fits alongside a bevy of bag styles. One such model hit the runway carrying a leather handcarry, complete with the label’s interlocking GG print and the word “FAKE” emblazoned directly overtop.
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