Since joining Gucci as creative director in 2015, Alessandro Michele has helped to elevate the Italian fashion giant among younger consumers. Last season, Michele unveiled his baroque and Renaissance-inspired designs on a medical operating room stage set, including the Rihanna-approved balaclava, the chunky SEGA sneaker, and a collaboration with the New York Yankees.

For its SS19 fashion show at Paris' famed Théâtre Le Palace, Gucci did away with the severed heads and operating room. Having taken a one-season absence from Milan Fashion Week, Gucci described the venue — which was hosting a runway show for the first time — as "the thread connecting almost a century of Parisian culture and nightlife."

The Théâtre Le Palace show was the last leg of Gucci's three-part homage to Paris, beginning with the Gucci Pre-Fall 2018 show, which recalled the city's 1968 student protests, and the Gucci Cruise 2019 show, which took place at the haunting Promenade des Alyscamps in Arles.

Take a closer look at the Gucci SS19 collection in the galleries above and below, and scroll down for some highlights from the event.

A trippy short film

The show opened with a trippy short film of two models who appeared to be either possessed or high, roaming an antique burlesque house. The film was created by Italian duo Leo de Berardinis and Perla Peragallo, who Michele described as "the most passionate and transgressive, the most decadent and irregular Dioscuri of Italian experimental theatre," according to Dazed.

Fringe accessories

Most models walked the runway wearing some sort of fringe clothing or accessory. The standout pieces came in the form of diamond-esque necklaces and bracelets, giving each outfit a pop of flare and glamor.

A Jane Birkin performance

Midway through the show, legendary singer (and mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg) Jane Birkin electrified the theater by singing her 1983 single “Baby Alone in Babylone.” After taking his bow at the end of the show, Michele thanked Birkin for her performance.

A tribute to Dolly Parton

Gucci paid homage to country legend Dolly Parton throughout the collection, including a sleeveless denim jacket with Parton's face on the back and a sweater.

The Gucci parrot

We already know that Gucci is big on animals. The brand recently made headlines for its use of adorable pigs and lambs in its Harry Styles-starring Cruise 2019 campaign. This time, at the SS19 show, Michele deployed a parrot — model Mae Lapres hitting the runway with a white cockatoo sitting on her shoulder.

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