Gucci brings celestial beauty to the runway with ‘Cosmogonie’ collection

Published May 19, 2022, 12:09 PM

by John Legaspi

For the luxury label’s latest cruise collection, creative director Alessandro Michele looked at the cosmos for inspiration

Heavenly bodies graced Gucci’s 2023 cruise runway show as Alessandro Michele designs a collection inspired by the constellations. Dubbed “Cosmogonie,” the 101-piece fashion presentation was held at Italy’s Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle in Puglia’s countryside commissioned by Frederick II.

Guests were treated to a chic stargazing experience as looks of mixed styles walk down the circular runway. Traversing eras of fashion, “Cosmogonie” presented a merging of retro style and historical elements, making it a parade that didn’t fail to take everyone’s breath away. The collection revealed pieces with oversized collars, tailoring with a twist, filigree flourishes, and optical illusion prints. A skin-baring moment was courtesy of an elegant lace creation that was unexpectedly paired with a ruff typical of the 16th and 17th centuries, and boots imbued with Victorian vibes. To mirror the evening sky, glittery ensembles walked down the runway. Closing the show was a blue piece dotted with constellations, paired with neon gloves.

Photos by Alfredo Albertone

Photos by Alfredo Albertone

Photos by Alfredo Albertone

Photos by Alfredo Albertone

“Cosmogonie” is also an homage to Walter Benjamin, a German philosopher know for his “Theses on the Philosophy of History.” According to him, history is not a container of relics deprived of their subversive charge, but rather an imaginative praxis reserve. This potential explodes when fragments and quotations of the past harmonize with the present in a brand-new constellation.

“It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation,” the late philosopher said.

Watch Gucci’s “Cosmogonie” runway show below:

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