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From baby dragons to severed heads: Gucci presents freakiest show at Milan Fashion Week 2018

Unveiling the latest women's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection at the Milan Fashion Week, Gucci made heads turn at the ramp with Frankenstein reference.

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Alessandro Michele of Italian fashion house Gucci set the show at the Milan Fashion Week 2018, in a mock operating room, complete with (unused) surgical tables and overhead lamps. The reference, he said, was to the surgical precision with which he approaches his craft. In a spookier surgical/Frankenstein reference, two models for Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection carried replicas of their own heads in their hands. So it was perhaps a warm, fuzzy moment when a man in a long black skirt and jacket covered with crystals, carried a pet dragon, of plastic. (Source: Reuters)

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Michele fully covers his models from the top of elaborate headpieces to the tips of their bejeweled toes in a seeming effort to hide the person in order to reveal a character. And there was a full range of new characters in his show combing menswear and womenswear for the next cold weather season. (Source: AP)

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The cast included a masked Inuit in a furry lined jacket, a Renaissance woman in a long velvet dress, Victorian characters in layers of pleats, a blue turbaned man in tan leisure suit, and Middle Eastern woman in beaded head covers and long, flowered robes. (Source: Reuters)

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"Our job (as creatives) is a surgical job: cutting and assembling and experimenting on the operating table," Michele told reporters after what he said was an exhausting show. He explained that he wanted to show that there was order, a "scientific clarity", among all the confusion of a job like his. (Source: Reuters)

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His designs echoed different ethnicities, cultures and social classes, combining elements such as Sikh turbans with south American patterns, everyday work clothes with college-inspired looks. Some models wore crystal, embellished head pieces and many wore coloured balaclavas. (Source: Reuters)

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Two young models carried a replica of their heads in their arms, representing the struggle of accepting one's identity and "looking after your head and thoughts", Michele said. (Source: Reuters)

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The brand, the biggest in French luxury group Kering , has been revamped with a bold new style over the past two years under Michele, and recently branched into homeware. (Source: Reuters)

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The verve of Michele, director since January 2015, has been key to giving Gucci a strong new identity, and its bright, elaborate and geeky yet chic looks have expanded the brand's following particularly among younger customers. (Source: Reuters)

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Like many other collections, Michele's approach suggests the notion that people don't necessarily have to fit into pre-defined categories and that they are free to chose who they are. (Source: AP)

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A style note said the different designs embodied Gucci's concept of "pluriverse" and drew inspiration from Donna Haraway's 'Cyborg Manifesto", a 1984 essay rejecting the idea of rigid boundaries, particularly those separating humans from animals and from machines. (Source: AP)

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Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault said earlier this month Gucci could still notch up double-digit growth this year. Comparable sales in the last quarter of 2017 at Gucci rose nearly 43 percent, beating forecasts and most industry peers. (Source: Reuters)

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"Limiting fashion to something that only produces business is too easy," Michele said, noting that the industry is now more engaged in social issues, with "a greater conscience". (Source: AP)