All about Gucci’s sparkling sex toy inspired jewellery

The Italian maison’s SS22 show featured playful fetish-inspired jewellery that glistened in silver

By Joshua Hendren

Under the bright lights of California’s iconic Hollywood Boulevard, creative director Alessandro Michele presented his cinematic vision for Gucci SS22 in 115 looks of frills, eroticism and tantalising glamour.

A star-studded event both on and off the runway, a colourful cast of celebrity models, walked the show, including Macaulay Culkin, Miranda July, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Jared Leto. While the front row, comprised of directors chairs was packed with A list “friends of Gucci”. These included Serena Willams, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Diane Keaton to Miley Cyrus, Dakota Johnson, and Gwyneth Paltrow who wore an updated version of her famous Tom Ford-designed red velvet suit for the 1996 VMA’s.

Gucci’s fetish inspired jewellery

“When I started thinking about the way I wanted to celebrate this new chapter of my adventurous job, I thought about mum and her precious legacy. I thought about the worship of beauty she fed me with,” says Michele. He continued, citing the show’s inspiration being “about the indefeasible gift of dreaming and the mythopoetic aura of cinema.”

Aside from the sumptuous ostrich feather robes and wide-lapel suiting, Michele’s latest outing also introduced a feast of sculptural sex toy jewellery. Models, shimmering in black vinyl, clutched what at first appeared to be rosaries in their fists. Closer inspection revealed the silver accessories were actually anal bead chains. Elsewhere, metallic butt plug pendants and vaginal beads hung from necklaces, making the show’s fetishistic undercurrent all the more apparent. 

Silver, this season’s metal of choice, reflected the glaring lights of orange and red at the El Capitana Theatre with a mirror-like shine. High shine latex was styled with body clinging corsets and lace bras. While a high and mighty hemline, accessorised with elbow length leather gloves, revealed sheer lace thigh-highs.

Gucci fetish inspired jewellery

Reminding viewers of Gucci’s seductive origins, Michele reinforced that the Italian fashion house isn’t a “monarchy of bourgeois”. Neither has it ever been, with the show’s kink-tinged aesthetic being a playful nod to the fact. A provocative addition to Gucciverse like no other, this season’s jewellery was bewitching and like the show’s setting, glamorous, but also just a little steamy.