There were no human heads or baby dragons at Gucci this season, but Alessandro Michele still had a few theatrical tricks up his ruffled sleeve. First off, the brand’s Spring 2019 show didn’t take place in its usual home base of Milan, but instead at Paris’s historic Le Palace theater. And to really go full-on Parisian, the show featured a surprise “intermission” performance by none other than French icon herself, Jane Birkin.
The 71-year-old singer and actress emerged from her front row seat to sing “Baby Alone in Babylone” for the room of Gucci show goers.
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The especially French moment ended with Alessandro Michele thanking and hugging Birkin during his final bow.
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Gucci’s runway event, which marked the brand’s first and only Paris Fashion Week show, was the final in its three-part homage to France (which also included its Pre-Fall 2018 campaign and Cruise 2019 show staged in Arles, France). As for the collection itself, the looks were an eclectic mashup of decades and cultures, all of which came together at Paris’s historic nightclub-turned-theater. This season included references from the 1930s to the ’70s and ’80s along with nods to not only France, but also Gucci’s Italian roots and some Americana (in the form of a Disney collaboration that included Mickey Mouse handbags).
And along with Birkin, Gucci also paid homage to some other legendary female musicians in its Spring 2019 collection. Felted hats inspired by Janis Joplin and a denim jacket airbrushed with a portrait of Dolly Parton both hit the runway as part of the brand’s spring range.
In addition, Singaporean model Layla Ong walked the Gucci spring/summer 2019 runway for the third time—a major coup for her!
Oh, and did we mention a live cockatoo walked the runway, too? Anything and everything can happen at a Gucci show, after all.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.