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Milan Fashion Week opens with Gucci models carrying their own heads

Gucci kicked off Milan Fashion Week in typical eccentric style on Wednesday as models carried replicas of their own heads on a runway transformed into a creepy operating room.

Milan Fashion Week opens with Gucci models carrying their own heads
Gucci's operating theatre-themed catwalk at Milan Fashion Week 2018. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Suspense had already been building for the show by Gucci's star creative director Alessandro Michele due to the invitations – orange timers which counted down to the event in glowing red numbers.

The first shock came when it started on time – almost unprecedented in fashion history.


Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Then male and female models walked onto a runway amid operating tables under bright neon lights in the Gucci Hub, the brand's Milan headquarters, over the steady beeping of a heart monitoring machine.

Michele introduced the “Cyborg Gucci” in the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, which included a wild mix of cultures and symbols, from a pagoda hat to a balaclava, a classic burgundy velvet dress to a gold lurex jacket, fine lace to the logo of the New York Yankees.

The models added to the transgressive vibe – not only did some carry replicas of their own severed head, but others were adorned with a third eye, or even a baby dragon.

 
 Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

“What touches me is not just the talent but also the dose of humour and self-deprecation on the part of Alessandro Michele,” said actress Chiara Mastroianni.

“His collection is so rich it will take time to understand everything,” she said.

 
 A majorette theme at N21. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Another first day highlight was the launch of the exhibition “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001” by the National Chamber for Italian Fashion.

Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Jean-Paul Gaultier were some of the stars attending at the Palazzo Reale.

 
 Models were painted blue and green at Moschino. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The exhibition was organised by theme – Identity, Democracy, Logomania, Diorama, Project Room, Bazaar, Post-Production, Glocal and The Italy of Objects – and included the clothes by fashion houses such as Missoni, Armani, Versace, Krizia, Romeo Gigli and Gianfranco Ferre.

“There is no nostalgic intention but rather pride and willingness to celebrate fashion and reproduce its complexity,” said curator Maria-Luisa Frisa.

“Italian fashion is a creative laboratory that has generated worlds, defined strong individual characteristics… and continues to do so today,” she added.


Volume at Annakiki. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

READ ALSO: Forget Milan: Why Florence is the cradle of Italian fashion

By Isabelle Sciamma

 

MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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