How does your garden grow? On your lapel, if you’re Alessandro Michele. Gucci’s creative director presented the house’s Resort '18 collection on Monday in Florence, filling the Palazzo Pitti with all the pomp and eclecticism we’ve come to crave from the designer.
The collection was a marriage of '60 and '70s flare (think David Bowie circa Hunky Dory), complete with Medici swagger. Guests like Childish Gambino and Elton John took their seats as the Prosecco flowed, the harp strings got under way and the show at the palazzo offered up a topsy-turvy Renaissance wherein chinoiserie sunhats became statement necklaces, and the brand’s moniker was suddenly spelled “Guccy” across garments in pearls and embroidery alike, because, well, why not?
Gucci is glam, but also seriously coy under the direction of Michele (cue the show's rogue Ronald Weasley moment, which we're still waiting to go viral), and the house has been the better for it over the years. It was a collection steeped in delicious detailing: why shouldn’t gold Athenian diadems be paired with wiry reading glasses? Or models' faces be framed with pearls? Why not rock offbeat jewelry that will turn your hand into a starburst? Most importantly, where is your signature Gucci shoulder corsage to rival Carrie Bradshaw?
The magic of the new-and-improved Italian house's vision lies in Michele's ability to continually reinvent the staples he’s created for the brand, and one we've seen without fail in each collection since he stepped up as CD is fabulously frivolous floral brooches. Whether they're clipped to a turtleneck and worn louchely to one side of the chin, fastened to top buttons and hats or attached to the lapel of a simple piece of outerwear – as they were with this collection – the seeds of Michele's flower garden have well and truly blossomed into an iconic and accessible accessory. From a classic LBD to a spaghetti strap top, is there anything a giant silk chrysanthemum can’t make more fabulous?
Here's our selection of floral brooches and pins to add a little life to your summer closet, prego:
Cover image: Vogue.co.uk