This morning, in the moments leading up to Gucci’s Resort 2017 show in London, Instagram was flooded with images of lush, emerald green needlepoint pillows stitched with kittens, rabbits, snakes, and floral bouquets. Similar to the set from Chanel’s supermarché, which inspired multiple members of the fashion elite to turn to petty crime by swiping double C-branded canned vegetables and boxed goods, we imagine many of these cushions—designed to make the stone seats in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey more comfortable for the many bony behinds in attendance—will turn up on various guests’ settees. Which got me thinking…the last time I saw such a copious amount of needlepoint was on my grandmother’s “fancy” couch where we weren’t invited to sit as children. However, we were encouraged to admire her collection of pillows that she painstakingly crafted by hand.
It makes perfect sense given that Alessandro Michele’s aesthetic is akin to that of octogenarian. And I mean that in the best of ways. His granny-chic makeover of the formerly sexed-up, 95-year-old Italian house has received rave reviews the world over since he was named creative director. What can I say, age looks good on Gucci—and every It girl and boy on the red carpet right now. Fur-lined loafers are a favorite amongst the street style set and all the cool kids are coveting the quirky prints, pussy bow blouses, hats, bags, and jewelry from recent collections (all of which look like they were unearthed from an eclectic great aunt’s closet).