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Gucci Celebrates a Century, Plus More Best Looks from Milan

Harper's Bazaar Logo By KERRY PIERI, BARRY SAMAHA, CARRIE GOLDBERG, ALISON S. COHN, AND LEAH MELBY CLINTON of Harper's Bazaar | Slide 2 of 118: Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele never does anything by half measures, and his 100th anniversary collection titled Gucci Aria was a grand celebration that remixed the Italian brand’s storied history. There was a pared-back focus to Michele’s madcap pilings that have seemed to become more ornate with each passing season. Gucci and Balenciaga logos were splashed across monogram outerwear and boulder shoulder, wasp waist suiting—clearly Demna’s influence. They also featured prominently on layered chain-link necklaces as well as signature Balenciaga accessories such as Hourglass bags and pantaboots.But the references didn’t stop at Balenciaga. There was an inherent sexiness to the proceedings, not seen at Gucci since the Tom Ford era. These included some literal references, like a remake of Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic red velvet suit she wore to the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. Others were more oblique, like riding helmets and diamante whips that the models cracked while walking down the runway—a funny, dominatrix-inspired riff on Gucci’s saddlemaker origins. —Alison S. Cohn

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Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele never does anything by half measures, and his 100th anniversary collection titled Gucci Aria was a grand celebration that remixed the Italian brand’s storied history. There was a pared-back focus to Michele’s madcap pilings that have seemed to become more ornate with each passing season. Gucci and Balenciaga logos were splashed across monogram outerwear and boulder shoulder, wasp waist suiting—clearly Demna’s influence. They also featured prominently on layered chain-link necklaces as well as signature Balenciaga accessories such as Hourglass bags and pantaboots.

But the references didn’t stop at Balenciaga. There was an inherent sexiness to the proceedings, not seen at Gucci since the Tom Ford era. These included some literal references, like a remake of Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic red velvet suit she wore to the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. Others were more oblique, like riding helmets and diamante whips that the models cracked while walking down the runway—a funny, dominatrix-inspired riff on Gucci’s saddlemaker origins. —Alison S. Cohn

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