At Gucci’s SS23 presentation, guests saw a split catwalk that appeared to be hosting two shows at the same time, until about halfway through the show, a partition was pulled up to reveal their identikit.

    Identical twins wore identical looks in Gucci’s ‘Twinburg’ collection. “Symmetry is sought and seen, even when it’s not there. Existence is not defined by the visible world, it is shaded and nuanced by what lies in between,” Gucci shared.

    Born to identical twins – his mother and aunt are twins – creative director Alessandro Michele was initiated into a bond that was impenetrable, innate and perhaps inexplicable. If the Gucci runway reflected real life, there would be no room for breakups.

    Gucci SS23. Photo: Gucci

    No room for division

    On the eve of Italy’s newly elected far-right government, the stakes for the development of individuality and diversity have never been higher. Hence the bright red glitter jackets with the lettering ‘Fuori!!!’, which means “out” in English and is also the abbreviation of a magazine for gay rights (Fronte Unitario Omosessuale Rivoluzionario Italiano). After the show, Michele said: “We have a right to freedom. We fought to say that the issue is freedom.”

    As the models walked side by side and hand in hand, the thought that people are stronger together was palpable. The looks featured the usual Gucci hallmarks: the sexless bow-tie blouses, the kaleidoscopic two-piece suits (floral, jacquard or brightly colored sportswear-inspired; leopard print, chinoiserie or just glittery) with layered details, abstract nods and an intoxicating one Dose of eclectic accessories like chain sunglasses. The combination of all this was a melting pot reminiscent of the eighties. The gremlins, the evil creatures from Steven Spielberg’s famous 1984 film, returned on bags and embroidery.

    Her strange presence did not detract from Michele’s humanistic vision of the freedom to dream, dress and be whoever one dares to be.

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