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Theatrical Alchemy: Gucci at Milan Fashion Week

Fashion always re-invents itself, and in the process constantly references itself and the past from which it springs fully-formed, like Minerva from the head of Jupiter. Thus fashion God Alessandro Michele presented his AW17 co-ed collection of 119 looks on the catwalk for MFW.

Michele took alchemy as his central premise; turning base materials into gold noting his thematic intentions as “a transformative whirl that reassembles fragments, codes and stories projected on a fresh horizon of sense”.  Not so much a collection then, as a Gucci world-view.

His co-ed collection for AW17 saw motifs derived from nature (the base materials of ancient alchemists), and elements from fashion culture itself, all filtered through a Gucci (read Michele) sensibility.

As befitting such a fashion alchemist, Michele gave few interviews after the show, confining himself to brief appearances from his cloistered VIP room in an iridescent disco-ball jacket, leaving it to Gucci to fly in a coterie of club kids in drag and elaborate costumes, who, with Tori Amos, enlivened the after-party in the baroque halls of a school in Milan. The club kids are of course, the very inspiration that Michele needs to create his ‘Renaissance street style’.

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Seen this week

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House of Vans London X Studio PSK: Let There be Light

One of SEEN’s favourite venues is House of Vans in Waterloo, the skate park and cultural space bar none. We hear that until 17th December 2017 House of Vans London has partnered with Studio PSK, award-winning London-based design and creative studio, to transform Tunnel 1 into a shifting, multicoloured lighting installation open to the public.

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aqua kyoto: A Christmas Alternative

If the thought of Christmas with its attendant indulgences makes you long for the cuisines of other countries, then have a look at the winter menus on offer from aqua kyoto. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach they have a lunch menu offering – essentially elevated bento boxes, which are as …

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Dinny Hall: A Shining Star

SEEN had the privilege recently, of hearing iconic jeweller Dinny Hall speak about her life and career in jewellery and design. She started off in the seventies when jewellery didn’t have the profile it has now, so in that sense she was very much a pioneer. She hung out with the cool musicians of the …