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Elton John, Kerstin Dunst indulge in Gucci's Renaissance

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/30/2017 By COLLEEN BARRY, AP Fashion Writer
A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Alessandro Michele's midseason Cruise 2018 collection was as artistically eccentric as the portraits hanging in the Medici's private Varsari Corridor that guests took to arrive at the exclusive runway show Monday evening at the Pitti Palace venue.

A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

It was a night of Renaissance indulgence for the Gucci crowd, with celebrity guests including Elton John, Kirsten Dunst, Jared Leto, Dakota Johnson, accompanied by sisters Stella Banderas and Grace Johnson.

A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

Before they runway show, guests were treated to private time with Botticelli's masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery and a guided walk along the Vasari Corridor built by the Medicis to connect the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace that is otherwise closed to the public for renovations.

A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

The evening concluded with a performance by singer-songwriter Beth Ditto in a private garden.

A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A model presents a creation of the Gucci 'Cruise' collection, at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, Monday, May 29, 2017. The event was organized on the occasion of the presentation of Gucci's cultural project, aimed at raising funds to restore the Boboli Gardens. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
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