Friday, 3 June 2016


It is a cold Thursday afternoon in London. We're in the West End. 
It's windy and dark. June 2nd. A typical summer day in London. 
The location is Westminster Abbey. The grand place of state worship, 
home to many an event of pomp and pageantry, as well as resting place 
for many an historical figure of importance or of notability.

The why is for a fashion show. The Gucci Cruise 2017 show held for the first 
time in the heart of London. A host of stars and celebrities from around the world 
have flown into town to witness this very special show, from the new creative 
director to Gucci, Alessandro Michele.

It's 8.30am and the shows models start to turn up, in coached shipments.
Slim nerdy geek chic young 20 something’s step off to brave and face 
the elements. Weather so blustery it may well be cause for concern, 
or at least caution, as models stand and shiver exposed, hair blowing.

No matter. One can shiver as one chats surly.

Backpacks, bomber jackets, the cigarette and skinny jeans, the perfect combo. 
Soon a sea of chatty giggling models greets the eyes as they play the classic 
game of queuing in London. They may well be for one day the most elite and 
desirable in the world of fashion, but for now they're at the mercy of your typical 
Mr security guard. Will they get in? Like Paul Simon says, 'Wristband, my man,
 you've got to have a wristband'. Fortunately for brand Gucci, all are welcomed.
A steady flow of make up artist, stylist and hair quaffers arrive wheelie cases in tow.

2pm. The first of the celebrity guests and attendees start to arrive.

International actresses, models, singers. Super stylish Li Yuchun or Chris Lee 
in the west, with her famed androgyny fuelled beauty and elegance. 
Next up Japanese model and actress Rila Fukushima, Tiny in stature, 
nothing diminutive however about her visual impact and presence. 
Next up, Rolaローラ
Another Japanese model more new gen with blond hair.

Other celebs, beauties, people of notability and accomplishments included 
photographer Margaret Zhang, South Korean actress Kong Hyo Jin
music producer elite style and fashion bloggers Shini Park and 
Susannah Lau. Also stylist TinaLeung, footwear designer Amina Muaddi
US actress Elle Fanning and Italian actress Valeria Golino.

 The editor of Vogue China, Angelica Chung 
who I think was absolutely rockin’ her look in a pair of skinny jeans and
 a 60s style multi colour eel jacket from Gucci with a pair of heels. 
Angelica with her trademark fringed Bob hairstyle is a woman that is most kind 
to ones eyes. She is normally seen in feminine dresses or empowering 
skirt top combos, but this look was hers. Possibly the best we’ve seen her. 
Properly owned and we’ll have no one taking away from her moment.

3.10 for a 3pm start. 
Fashion shows rarely if ever start on time. The last of the guests arrives. 
The show starts. The grand wait. 15 minutes later people start to vacate 
the premises.  Smiles are on faces. The verdict seems good. People are pleased 
with what they saw, but they all seem to have green seat cushions attached 
to them or pinned under their arms. What’s going on?

The answer is that all invited were seated on them, with lush woven embroidery 
and offered as a parting gift. That should bolster ones memories and 
opinion of a grand but brief moment in Italian style influenced and touched 
by British culture.

Well done Alessandro.
 Japanese fashion models Rola ローラ (left) and Rila Fukushima (right).
 Stylist and photographer Margaret Zhang
 The editor of Vogue China, Angelica Chung looking great in skinny jeans 
heels and a multi coloured eel jacket by Gucci
Stylist Tina Leung catching some selfie love
  Major visual excitment from Gucci. OK maybe a little help from Tina
 Arabian beauty from footwear designer Amina Muaddi wearing a dress 
by Gucci with ankle boots designed by herself.
The Asra Bootie from Oscar Tiye
 Fashion buyer Tiffany Hsu in her cute socks and Nicholas Kirkwood 
for Roksanda Illincic Mary Jane bow heels

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