Gucci’s FW2023 Women’s Collection is an exuberant conversation between past and future

Gucci has just revealed its Fall/Winter 2023 Women’s Collection at Milan Fashion Week. Although the brand recently appointed Sabato De Sarno as their new creative director, his debut collection will not hit the runway until spring 2024. So, for now, the design team has taken the reins for Gucci’s FW2023 Women’s Collection. This marks the second collection since the departure of Alessandro Michele.

MILAN, ITALY – From the left: Francois Pinault, Salma Hayek, Chris Lee and Xiao Zhan attend the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023/24 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Gucci)

The overall ensemble sparks an evocative exchange between the past and the future. It connects the creative cultures across the House’s history for an exuberant conversation. The show unfolds within the inner sanctum of the Gucci Hub. Elevators transport the collection through the building to the runway, illustrating the creative process behind any new proposition

An exuberant conversation between past and future

The collection combines the erotic and glamorous silhouettes of the 1990s and early 2000s with a modern twist and a decadent colour palette. The oversized knits in brushed mohair and looped yarns, shearling or faux fur coats, and lapels in vibrant hues provide a tactile experience for the wearer. Crystal-encrusted GG metal bras and exaggerated cocktail jewellery bring an air of drama to the collection, cascading around necklines and busts.

The evening wear was stunning and conjured the shapes of hearts, a symbol of the House’s core. This section also included the drop-waist skirt of a double-duchesse bustier dress, the effervescence of a dress fully embroidered in contrast plumes, and the bust line of an Empire gown. And to cap it off, coloured visor sunglasses were a nod to a classic Gucci flacon, allowing the wearer to see the world through Rush-tinted glasses. The iconic Jackie bag received a fresh update, appearing in original shapes but adapted in two-tone colours and GG-embossed leather. The classic Gucci loafer elevated on rubber soles, and the 1960s ski collection snow boots reimagined with horsebits.

Overall, the Gucci FW2023 Women’s Collection pays homage to Gucci’s heritage while propelling the brand into a new dimension. It’s an exhilarating step for the House and a testament to the enduring creativity that pulses through its veins.