New season, new venue
Scalo Farini, a former railway station in Milan served as the (chilly) venue for the new Gucci collection by Alessandro Michele.
It was carpeted with a floral pattern, giant pink serpents and the occasional brightly printed screen.
A ' Situationist derivé' - the practice of crossing and exploring urban spaces where paths take shape according to the stimuli of the city.
'These paths push toward the unknown and contemplate the possibility of getting lost as an opportunity for learning and discovery' - says Michele, who is nothing if not poetic!
He called it 'Carte de Tendre' (the map of the land of tenderness) referring to Madeleine de Scudéry's 1654 map, which was designed for her novel Clélie, and was all about desire.
These were transformed into psycho-geographic maps. Each piece and object was a small atlas of emotion.
It was a catwalk full of soaring platforms, leather studded shoes, wafer flat mules and angry block heels, complete with a row of spike studs on the heel.
There were colourful trompe l'oeil sequin collars on sheer dresses, metallic thread throughout, iridescent foil prints and spangly knitwear.