Leave it to Alessandro Michele and the team at Gucci to leave no detail untouched. This week, the brand’s Cruise 2023 collection was presented amidst a mythological backdrop. Debuted at Italy’s historic Castel del Monte in Puglia, Italy, Gucci Cosmogonie was presented with a buzz, bringing together some of the biggest names in fashion, art, and pop culture.
The collection, which reflects and was largely inspired by the ever-expanding constellations, brings together aesthetics from distant eras and various geographies, all woven together into one story. Together, a vision of elevated elegance was created, further expanding upon Gucci’s evolution while keeping the House’s past alive.
Nods to the archives are seen throughout, like an archival wallet that’s been reimagined as a strawberry and lace-up boots from the 1970s, which are actually an ode to the Victorian era. Somehow the pieces all fit together, and contrasting elements bind together within Gucci Cosmogonie.
“History is not a container of relics deprived of their subversive charge, but rather an imaginative praxis reserve. This potential explodes when fragments and quotations of the past harmonize with the present in a brand new constellation.” -Alessandro Michele
New This Season
As for the bags, both new and old silhouettes made their debut on the runway. A new top-handle design made its first appearance, largely inspired by a doctor’s bag from the House’s archives; it was carried open to reveal a selection of Gucci Beauty products inside. The silhouette is characterized by its enameled frame clasp and chain strap. It was shown in a few different iterations on the runway (Look 21). Other house staples like the Dionysus and Gucci Bamboo appeared, truly bringing together the new and the old. One model wore a fabric clutch that was said to be inspired by a Gucci bag that once belonged to Greta Garbo (Look 20). Overall there was a decent mix of runway bags alongside more wearable ones. View bags from the runway below, courtesy of Gucci.Look 1 Look 2 Look 3 Look 4 Look 5 Look 6 Look 7 and 8