EYEWEAR CRUSH: GUCCI SS18 September 28 2017
Designer du jour, Alessandro Michele triggered an uneasy stir amongst his adoring audience at the Gucci SS18 show. His disparate collection was unveiled amidst distracting disco lights and dramatic club sounds, which worked to obscure the audience's perception of the nonchalantly styled 107 looks.
The show was more about the conjuring of a vibe, less about conforming to industry expectations, with reviewers struggling to describe the chimerical mishmash that flashed before them. That is, an anti-thematic exhibition of a mood, where the gloriously flamboyant (prints, sequins, shoulder pads, chinoiserie, logos galore and gaudy jewels) were wittily juxtaposed with 80s mom forgettables (kitsch knits, beige macs, prim skirt suits, and the mother of all faux pas’, The Shell Suit), all with a vague late 70s / early 80s undercurrent.
This difficult-to-define aesthetic extended to eyewear, which heavily featured. With a rebellious middle finger to wearability, there were joke shop proportion Lolita heart sunglasses and bladerunneresque bejewelled flat-tops. There were also 'naff chic' 70s cab driver aviators with vintage-hued lenses, and, our unexpected favourites - discoloured translucent glasses frames in clumsily large silhouettes.
(Images courtesy of Vogue & WMag).