Thursday 22 February 2018

The '80s are back in a big way - the Gucci show in Milan previewed everything you'll want to wear next year

A model displays a creation from the Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A model displays a creation from the Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A model displays a creation from the Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Models present creations for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
Lorna Foran presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A guest is pictured outside the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
Guests arrive at the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
A guest is pictured outside the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
A guest is pictured outside the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
A guest is pictured outside the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
A guest is pictured outside the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
Guests arrive at the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
Guests arrive at the show for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Big hair, Gucci really doesn't care.

The Italian fashion house kicked off Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with all the glamour, neon and hairspray you'd expect from the '80s. It makes sense that Gucci, whose sales have skyrocketed in the last two years thanks to its influence over Instagram culture (if you don't own a Gucci belt, can you even call yourself a blogger?), blazed a trail with the return of the '90s.

A model displays a creation from the Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A model displays a creation from the Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, four of the most photographed models in the world, are the true champions of the '90s - baggy t-shirts, too slim sunglasses, jeans that only a supermodel could pull off. But there weren't any 'names' walking the runway for yesterday's Spring/Summer '18 fashion show - this brand needs only its clothes to gain traction.

It stands to reason they would look further afield, back to the '80s, when Barb from Stranger Things was a misunderstood style icon. When shoulder pads reigned supreme and the higher your hair was, the closer to God you were.

Alessandro Michele, creative director of the luxury brand, was so taken with the era that he was invited to Elton John's home to comb through the archives of his ostentatious costumes for his inspiration, which is apparent in the tributes he paid to his iconic looks through the new collection.

"To feel the contemporary, I need to know that something was there before. I want to touch it," he said, according to Vogue.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci during the Men and Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

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