From Harry Styles’s clutch to the strong message the collection sent: 4 things to know about the Gucci resort 2020 show
30th May 2019
Gucci held their resort 2020 collection on Tuesday evening at the Capitoline Museums in Rome and there was so much to unpack about the show. Creative director Alessandro Michele revealed to WWD that the collection was a “hymn to freedom” and this ideal was weaved throughout, making a strong political statement. Gucci’s favourite muse, musician Harry Styles, also made a statement, but in a total rock star classic Styles way. Read on for four things to know about the Gucci resort 2020 show.
“I am a free spirit. Nobody should have the right to decide about freedom of choice of any human being. No law should say to any person what to do or what not to do when it comes to very personal choices.” Michele told WWD ahead of the collection.
That freedom of choice translated to a collection full of ‘70s references, which the designer expressed to WWD were specifically for reproductive rights of women. “It [the 1970s] was a historical moment with women — finally — rejected all the constraints that were imposed in the previous centuries and they became free. That’s why I am paying homage to the Italian law regarding abortion, the law number 194. It’s unbelievable that around the world there are still people who believe that they can control a woman’s body, a woman’s choice. I will always stand behind the freedom of being, always.”
One of the pieces in the collection even featured an embroidered ovaries motif, which actress Salma Hayek, Zoe Saldana and Harry Styles made a point of highlighting backstage and Hayek then shared on Instagram.
The show was deliberately gender fluid with male and female models alike carrying handbags and wearing make-up and nail polish. A number of pieces heralded the Chime for Change gender equality campaign of which Michele is an invested supporter.
“The only world that I can imagine is a world where every single person can be who they would like to be, without any sort of restriction or judgement. At the beginning of this year I commissioned MP5, a Roman artist to redesign our Chime for Change identity. I really wanted Gucci even more embedded in this campaign. My aim was and is to pass a clear and loud message about the fact that the entire Gucci community is gathered together standing for gender equality.” WWD reports the designer said during their interview ahead of the show.
While Styles left his usual flamboyant florals at home, opting for a relatively pared-back cream Gucci look for the show, his accessories reminded us why the Sign of the Times singer is the house’s favourite muse.
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Harry paired his cream and gold-buttoned suit with a white tank top, Gucci GG Marmont raffia clutch, oversized pink wire-rimmed sunglasses and a pink and blue manicure (see below).
reports Alessandro Michele had a matching manicure, which the designer posted a snap to his Instagram Stories of alongside Styles’s twinning nails.
The clutch is also an important element, showcasing just how confident Styles is to pull off a raffia handbag.
Vogue’s fashion features director, Alice Birrell, attended the show and reports pre-show the streets outside the Capitoline Museums were flooded with fans chanting Styles’s name. When the star finally arrived, the crowd were apparently so overwhelmed, they turned hysterical, sobbing and shrieking over the excitement of seeing their idol.
The crowd were also screaming K-pop star Kai’s name and post-show, the crowd continued their star sighting vigil, camping out at the after party, where Styles performed a duet with Stevie Nicks. This is the second duet they have performed together this year, the musicians paired up back in March when Stevie Nicks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.