Gucci x Balenciaga: The Rumours Are True!
Finally—Gucci unveiled their highly-anticipated centenary collection yesterday and it certainly lived up to the hype. Revealing that the rumours were indeed true, the Gucci Aria collection was a marriage of the two behemoth Kering brands’ signature styles. Bringing Balenciaga’s structural designs, Demna Gvasalia introduces the classic sharp suit shoulder and non-confirming silhouettes to Michele’s affinity for maximalist romance, from hypnotic prints to sparkling fabrics and feathers.
With inspiration from Gucci’s rich archive, the collection also stars embossed equestrian accessories and feathers reminiscent of the old Hollywood glamour found in the iconic Savoy Hotel in London, where founder Guccio Gucci worked as a liftboy.
The show also marked the debut of Gucci's high jewellery Hortus Deliciarum collection by Michele. Take a look at some of our favourite fashion moments from the action-packed show.
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This tan double-breasted suit channels Gucci's past helmed by Tom Ford
Masculine and feminine meet in this knitted look
Modern tailoring and bold prints are topped off with an eclectic range of accessories, from the riding boots to the green baseball cap
The classic oversized Balenciaga drape is refreshed with voluminous pleated sleves
Give us those Gucci-monogrammed high socks now!
The Gucci Aria show closed with this dreamy number
Gucci Aria sees more monochromatic looks, perhaps due to Gvasalia's influence
Gucci stripes reimagined on an eye-catching structured garment, with pleated detailing
We can already see Jared Leto in this ensemble
The Gucci Aria show features an exciting collaboration between Gucci and Balenciaga
Old Hollywood meets the disco era with this low-cut ensemble, accented with sparkling jewellery
This look transports us to the world of the iconic Savoy Hotel in London
Spot the diamanté-encrusted heart bag
A bright colour palette and a plume of feathers is a classic Michele touch
A blend of romance with the modern leather harness
The classic riding outfit is given a high fashion makeover, with modern silhouettes and high collars
The riding helmet is a nod to Gucci's past equestrian inspiration
A show-stopping, sparkling suit emblazoned with two distinctive logo patterns that has gone viral on the internet
Big, square shoulders with embellished detailing
The flared Gucci pantsuit has been making its rounds in Hollywood, from Tom Daley to Harry Styles
A flash of skin with the deep v-neck and shoulder cut-outs
Sparkly synthetic fabric is one of the fun twists you will find on classic suits in this collection