Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Watch the Gucci show live here: see every look walk down the Milan runway as it happens

The sure-to-be maximalist event is one of Milan's most hotly anticipated fashion shows

After the knock out spectacle of 50 year old Jennifer Lopez strutting her stuff on the Versace runway this weekend – giving many half her age a serious run for their money – all eyes now switch to today’s runway collection from Gucci for spring summer 2020.

The show will be streamed live here at 6pm UAE time (4pm Milan time).

As part of Milan Fashion Week, the past four years has seen Gucci carve a reputation for delivering unmissable shows. Since Creative Director Alessandro Michele took the helm in 2015, the company has made itself the byword for flamboyant, over-the-top, and outrageous style. Under Michele, Gucci has pulled off the unimaginable, re-defining what fashion is about and what it means.

Casting aside rigid codes and formulaic interpretations, Gucci has injected a heady dose of much needed fun back into the art of dressing, and in the process has offered up some bizarrely memorable runway moments.

Backstage at the Gucci Cruise collection 2018
Backstage at the Gucci Cruise collection 2018

Building on his debut, for cruise 2017, anglophile Michele took his collection to the 13th century Gothic Westminster Abbey Cloisters in London, before switching to the deliciously spooky Roman cemetery in Arles for cruise 2018.

Autumn winter 2018 meanwhile saw models carrying facsimiles of their own heads and make believe baby dragons, while models in masks dotted with spikes and faux tears took to the runway for autumn winter 2019.

Clothes have segued from pussy bow blouses and high waisted trousers to housecoats and headscarves layered over checks. Punk has been intermingled with florals, via a shimmery ode to glitter, with characters such as Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Sir Elton John all standing as an influence.

Unafraid to shock or wander into territory normally called ugly (itself the point), Michele has made gender fluid, thrift shop chic his own, opening the doors for a wealth of anti-fashion moments from other labels, including Balenciaga, Matty Bovan and Jacquemus.

Full of knuckles bristling with clusters of gaudy rings, pre-dirtied trainers and clothes piled in haphazard layers, this bold aesthetic even makes extremely sophisticated clashing look easy. For starters, not everyone can pull off a dress and cardigan worn over trousers.

Of course, such a magpie approach has brought its own problems, with the house accused of cultural appropriation for its use of turbans, and of racism for alleged blackface balaclavas.

Controversy aside, whatever Michele has in store for us this spring summer 2020 show, guaranteed it won’t be boring.

Updated: September 22, 2019 04:01 PM

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