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2016 Gucci in Westminster

As Mr. Michele enters his third season at the helm of Gucci, he has certainly generated a near-reverential aura around himself and his aesthetic. His chaotic and colorful collections are noted for a gender-bending, nostalgia-tinged, soft-focus flare, and he has been touted as Gucci’s commercial savior, reigniting sales after the Italian luxury house spent several seasons in the commercial wilderness. (This is especially important, as Gucci is the flagship brand of the parent group Kering, and accounts for nearly two-thirds of its total profit.)

Cruise 2017, a slow procession of approximately 90 models to a mournful chorus of “Scarborough Fair” sung by the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, was yet another expression of the Michele aesthetic, notionally inspired by what Mr. Michele described as “punks, Victoriana and schoolboys,” or a promenade through centuries of English history.

“I love the English aesthetic — in a way I feel like it is close to my own language, a beautiful chaos,” he said backstage post-show, calling the country “a box of treasures.”