I think most people will agree we are living in trying times. Albeit, trying times that on the surface appear to be a paradox. We are told here in the U.S that the economy is booming, really? The only people who believe this are the government and the media. Speak to anyone on the ground and they say otherwise. You don’t see touch light parades in booming economies. Europe is also feeling this shift. The big difference is the media and government recognize there is a problem and openly address the shifts in the economy, unlike The States where we are told that the Emperor is dressed in his finest, ignoring the obvious, and pretending not to see his bloated naked body.
Everyone can feel this shift, and the world tilting and sliding off into an oblivion, but it seems no one can quite articulate it. And more and more I felt this sense of unease at the shows. Much like the Rick Owens show I attended in Paris, Gucci’s show for Fall 2019 embraces the duality of this absurdity with it’s often colorful and decadent lineup with masked models marching military style down the runway in a sullen daze. I silently heard in my head: shame, shame, shame. This show despite the playfulness of the clothes, was not celebratory, but foreboding and more then a little menacing.
Be sure to try and watch the whole show, it will suck you in and spit you out the other side feeling dazed and filled with a more then a wee bit of dread. Complete with roaring lions, barking dogs and a steady drumbeat of what? But hey, the clothes are stunning, so there’s that!