In one of the most highly anticipated shows this season, Gucci debuted its Spring 2019 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Monday. Held at Le Palace — a nightclub which at its peak was frequented by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, and Kenzo Takada — the show was an 84-look collection full of standard Gucci fare, amplified by the queer culture of ‘70s disco.
From vision-warping patterns to head-to-toe animal print looks, finding a design motif that creative director Alessandro Michele did not choose to incorporate feels few and far in between. Oriental button closures, nipple-baring bodysuits, cowboy fringe—the Spring 2019 collection has it all. Incorporating a sense of queer energy into the collection, new silhouettes for the fashion house included sending a model down the runway in monogrammed Y-opening underwear, styling leather jockstraps over pants, and even crotchless jeans held together by chains. Additionally, it appears as if the label has introduced a new print—Gucci strawberries. Consistent with past collections, the latest collection feels largely disjointed and off-target when it comes to aesthetic cohesion, although perhaps it is in part thanks to these exact traits that the brand has seen such a massive jump in popularity since Michele’s appointment.
Despite the fact that the wild and exciting taste of Gucci has somewhat dulled down season after season, the fact of the matter is that the brand remains at the forefront of genuine creative expression when it comes to luxury fashion. If it weren’t for Michele’s imaginative risk-taking with the brand, it’s difficult to imagine the label’s undeniable salience throughout social media and pop culture.
Check out the entire collection below.