The latest brand to stage its resort 2017 collection on foreign soil, the Florence house of Gucci held its show in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey in London, a runway first for the church. Which is to say, where those other collections felt forced and incongruous with the surroundings — e.g. Cuba, Brazil — Gucci’s felt right at home amid the centuries-old pomp and circumstance.
For the most part, designer Alessandro Michele stuck to his tried-and-true tropes in a collection that closely mirrored his recent men’s resort show, the look book of which was photographed in the nearby estate of the late Isabella Blow. He suffused his quirky Italian vision with an eccentric British flavor, ranging from aristocratic notes (like the model Erin O’Connor) to punk anti-notes (drip-bleached denim), delicate lace dresses to old-school logo tees, garden prints to kitschy animal embroideries.