We’ve come to expect a certain number of things from a Gucci collection over the years. While a few of these – for example, a mastering of exotic animal skins and leather – made an appearance on yesterday’s runway, many didn’t. Chief amongst these were the sense of dramatic glamour that usually characterizes a Gucci collection and the ensuing floor-length gowns and intricate embellishments – think FW13’s birds of paradise pieces. Instead, Frida Giannini presented a sorbet-colored, Mod-inspired Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which will no doubt appeal to a far younger clientele than in previous seasons – either that or, as the show notes put it, to “a sophisticated woman who dresses to please herself rather than others”.
The garments for the forthcoming season were a little bit menswear, a little bit Sixties, and incredibly wearable. The silhouette was conservative, consisting mainly of tailored suit separates and mini A-line dresses. Collar details on the day dresses were reminiscent of the days of André Courrèges. Add to that Go-Go boots adorned with the iconic Gucci horsebit, shaggy fur coats, and retro-style aviator glasses, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported 50 years back in time to the era of Twiggy, The Beatles, and the Summer of Love. Having said that, Giannini was careful to keep the collection relevant for the modern day by presenting full-leather looks and adding leather panels and unexpected, sexy cutouts here and there.
The presentation closed with a series of party frocks adorned with hand-painted crystals, perfect for the Gucci woman’s new girls-just-wanna-have-fun attitude. Middle Eastern patrons will no doubt rejoice at the sight of a collection that offers more climate-appropriate options then ever before.
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