Hortus Deliciarum echoes the eclectic quixotism of Michele's vision, drawing on motifs that are dear to him and are symbolic of Gucci's distinctive canon of house iconography. The collection comprises more than 200 pieces, mainly one of a kind, and its motifs revolve around a trio of themes and seen through the prism of a mythical garden of Eden, Arcadia or Xanadu, but most significantly, of Gucci. All the pieces will be sold in Paris, in the new Gucci's Boutique in Place Vendôme.
Eden pay homage to the classical emblems of eternal love. It centers on vivid colored gemstones crossed with plume-tipped sagittate arrows, which glimmer on pink sapphire, yellow beryl and blue sapphire brooches. The sense of romance is intertwined with settings that voluptuously wallow in the past, layering historical styles including Rococo, Baroque and Georgian.
Arcadia is an ode to the majesty of the animal kingdom, evoking mythic bestiary and ancient fauna. Each animal is also surrounded by nature as symbolic flowers, leaves and stars come to life in ornate diamond settings and hidden engarvings.
Xanadu is made of singular and striking solitaires refined with maximalist allure. Pear-cut colored gemstones, intense and joyous, are juxtaposed with heirloom settings and recall the vibrant colors of a garden in full bloom.