Alessandro Michele looked to the occult for inspiration, Alberta Ferretti stepped outside her comfort zone, while Alessandro Dell’Acqua referenced himself (wait, what?)
Sega-inspired bags, Bob Mackie's costumes for Elton John, embroidered tulle gowns that look like ice-skating costumes—the list of weird yet wonderful elements spotted at Gucci's SS18 show is never-ending. Alessandro Michele proves that his kitschy aesthetic isn't going anywhere just yet, and we aren't complaining. Read more about the collection here.
At Alberta Ferretti, a sea of black swimsuits in different variations opened the show, alluding to what we can expect from the collection—minimalism meets Italian beachwear, but executed in a non-committal manner. The designer tried veering into new territory—pretty evident with the black maillots and bikini tops—but left us wanting more when lamé shirts and trousers closed the show, instead of her usual train of red-carpet worthy dresses.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua did a rare thing that is quite unseen (and unheard of) in the industry for No.21's SS18 collection: He referenced himself. Previously the creative director of his eponymous clothing label, the designer relinquished the position in 2009, only to launch No.21 a year later with a more pared back, casual spin to his clothing. This time around, he took inspiration from his signature boudoir-esque looks and even floral motifs that were featured in his 1997 collection. Standouts include sheer, sequin slipdresses, delicate lace tops, and knee-skimming skirts with slits in the middle.