The Gucci 2016 Cruise Collection Is A Departure From The Norm

The future of New York Fashion Week may be up in the air, but that hasn't stopped Gucci from heading to the Big Apple to showcase its 2016 Cruise collection. For the Italian luxury label, Cruise is a departure (see what I did there?) from the ubiquitous whimsy and neutral color palette many other designers present for the season. Instead, Gucci showed a mosaic of metallics, rich jewel tones, and geometric prints that could have easily been suited for Fall.

It was full-on '70's splendor (flowy maxi dresses, wallpaper prints) with a hint of '50's eccentricism (Western-style blouses, jewel-encrusted cat-eye glasses). Vintage-inspired, gypsy details prevailed, from silk turbans to bejeweled earrings. Bags still bore the requisite double "G", but structure prevailed, evoking briefcases rather than the signature slouchy satchels that the brand made popular in the last decade.

Even the invitation, screen-printed in crimson toile reminiscent of an old Italian palazzo, teased at a richly adorned collection. Inside, a rug-lined runway and chairs upholstered in fabric that matched the invites did not disappoint.

Cruise 2016 is certainly a statement-making collection for the brand, which has undergone some changes in leadership; it's the first official womenswear collection from newly appointed Creative Director Alessandro Michele, who stepped in to cover the Fall 2015 show after former Creative Director Frida Giannini's early exit.

Scroll through for details from the show, from accessories to front-row sightings.

Models lined up backstage showcase the range and richness of Gucci's Cruise collection, which uncharacteristically includes fur trim and a knee-length opera coat.

Aaron and Sam Taylor Johnson, Karen Elson and Dakota Johnson were front and center.

Also snagging spots in the front row were CFDA buddies Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra.

Backstage, 1950s-style eye wear and antique jewelry (and model Madison Whittaker) stole the show.

More details from the shows accessories, which included an updated brass logo, vintage-inspired jewelry by the fistful, floral bags with chain straps, and silk turbans.

Contrasting prints abounded off the runway, too. Chairs matched the invitations, and the pattern was also found throughout the collection.

Models posing outside. Oh, and a fresh take on an embossed Gucci logo? Yes, please.

Oh, and this picture of a photographer getting down and dirty because when Gucci Cruise hits NYC, you stop at nothing to capture it.