It’s so strange. Just as news of Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance gained online traction at London Fashion Week the week before, breaking news of extra terrestrial sightings on the catwalk and grizzly visions of models walking with severed heads broke the Internet in Milan. Raising the ultimate question – just what on Earth is going on?? Is there an episode of the X-Files that we’re guest starring in that we don’t know of? Is there something out there?? Let’s get to the bottom of this.

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2018

Tick. Tick. Tick, goes the flashing orange invite that famed Italian designer Alessandro Michele sent out for the House of Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show; leaving eagle-eyed editors the world over quick to analyse the theme of the collection – is this device threatening to blow up or is this a countdown to our mortality? Would our insurance cover fashion-related trauma?

And we weren’t exactly wrong – as Michele’s clothes, a vivid commentary on rebirth, were just as explosive.

Michele who described his own design methodology as a form of “clinical clarity”, took that definition and ran with it for Autumn/Winter 2018. Presenting his collection in an operating theatre – replete with fixtures of massive surgical lights and examination tables ­– the Italian designer spoke of how identity is constructed today in the age of Instagram and Snapchat. Models swathed in his idiosyncratic take on the ‘80s, and glorious folk dressing that drew inspiration from every culture imaginable – and even chainmaille – cradled replica heads, dragons and even reptiles. Positively medieval, to say the least. It’s hard not to throw in a Game of Thrones reference.

But whether or not Michele was also inspired by the hit HBO series, death by Gucci proved to be a great way to go.

Moschino Autumn/Winter 2018

If you are obsessed with conspiracy theories, the way Jeremy Scott is, then the American design wunderkind’s latest offering for Moschino’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is like the YouTube rabbit hole you find yourself falling into at an ungodly three in the morning, but don’t have plans to get out of.

Citing the beautifully tragic love triangle between silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Onassis, the collection revolves around a theory that informed Scott’s most of the designer’s formative years as a child.

Scott maintains that word on the street is that Marilyn Monroe and President John. F. Kennedy were “off-ed” by the American Government because Monroe wanted go public with news of the existence of aliens told to her by President Kennedy. And if you, at this point, is wondering how does the First Lady Jaqueline Onassis fit into the equation, this is where it gets even weirder – what if she was an alien all along, asks the designer.

Following that sentiment, he presented a collection that was equal parts Star Trek and vintage Americana – as models dressed in prim and proper Mod skirt suits, pretty shift dresses had their skin painted in corresponding colours, while they marched down what seemed to be the concourse of a space vessel. And to make draw an even eerier resemblance to the late First Lady – and alleged soft spoken extra terrestrial – the models all donned perfectly coiffed wigs that sat under stately pillbox hats – just as Jackie would’ve liked.

Wait, so was she, or wasn’t she an alien? Hopefully the answers will be revealed during Paris Fashion Week.

To be continued…


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