Milan Fashion Week SS24: Sabato de Sarno heralds a new chapter for Gucci with Ancora

Minimalist chic


By Benedict Unang

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Milan Fashion Week SS24: Sabato de Sarno heralds a new chapter for Gucci with Ancora

Sabato de Sarno’s debut collection arrived at last, and opinions from fans have been extremely diverse. In case you missed it, the Naples-born designer had been named Gucci’s new Creative Director earlier this year, and all eyes were on him to see what he could bring to the table, given his prior stints at some of the biggest fashion houses like Valentino, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana. 

At the beginning of Fashion Month, for starters, de Sarno wiped the House’s Instagram account clean, teasing the next chapter with a post starring Daria Werbowy, a top model who previously dominated the runway before ‘retiring’ in 2016. The Canadian-Ukrainian beauty dresses down to show off the Gucci Marina Chain jewellery collection, which highlights a vintage motif inspired by the sea.



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As his major debut gets closer, billboards, monuments, and art walls all over the world were painted a specific hue of dark red—Gucci Rosso Ancora—to mark the beginning of a fresh chapter at the Italian fashion house. On top of that, de Sarno launched the first volume of the Gucci Prospettive series, in which he teamed up with curator Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Director of the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato, to select artists who narrate the city’s cultural and creative heritage from the postwar period to the present day.



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On the runway

With a custom soundtrack by Mark Ronson playing in the background, models sauntered down the catwalk in a mix of blazers and shorts that set the minimalist tone. There’s also an unusual pairing of sweatshirt and leather skirt that adds to de Sarno’s current aesthetic, and things only became a little more glam with bedazzled bralettes and a splash of neon green on coats and sparkling oversized tops.

Other than that, the accessories were what truly drew our attention. The Jackie bag, in particular, has been renewed in burgundy and brilliant orange, as well as green snake leather and rhinestones. If you enjoy micro bags, you’ll fall in love with tiny ones. And, of course, how can we miss the platform loafers? Loafers are, after all, classic wardrobe staples, and de Sarno knows how to put them into Gen Z’s closets. Other pieces include white trainers with both red and green stripes, plus kitten heels with silver tassels. Overall, the collection is beautifully tailored with a hint of early ‘90s glam and sex appeal reminiscent of Ford’s era at Gucci.

Fun fact: The debut collection was intended to be presented on the open-air streets of Milan’s chic Brera district, but due to poor weather, it had to be shifted to the enormous Gucci Hub in the city’s eastern suburb.  


The public reacts

As one of the most awaited shows, de Sarno is not able to escape the public eye, seeing how Alessandro Michele revived the House with a maximalist approach that ultimately made him a beloved of the Hollywood elite. While some favoured the simplicity and practicality de Sarno delivered, the rest found it lacked substance, along with that magic Gucci is so loved and known for, and longed for a little something distinctive that many fashion houses do not possess nowadays.


It’s a yes from me!






I think I’ve seen this before…




A-listers on the front row

Even though this is de Sarno’s debut collection, it has already drawn a star-studded throng, including Kendall Jenner, who donned pieces off the latest offering and Ryan Gosling, in an all-black ensemble. Not to be missed were House Ambassadors Hanni of New Jeans, who sported a cropped shirt with the House emblem, and Lee Jung Jae, who rocked a dashing blue suit. See more celebrities attending the show below.


Kendall Jenner


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Ryan Gosling and Julia Roberts


Halle Bailey


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Davika Hoorne and Hanni of NewJeans


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Gulf Kanawut


Daisy Edgar-Jones


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Alia Bhatt


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Lee Jung-jae



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