If there’s one thing to be learned from the past two weeks, it’s that inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places. For Spring/Summer 2015, designers from New York to Milan have had their eyes set on the sea, from the aquatic references at Rodarte and the mermaid-scale skirts at Burberry to the primordial references at Mary Katrantzou. Gucci was no different, but it took an above-surface approach to the theme, riffing on the nautical, but with a touch of 1970s glamour and a high/low mix of materials like lamb fur and denim. With sailor references aplenty, the whole thing read like a 1870s voyage down the ancient silk routes on the hunt for luscious Oriental silks and Mongolian furs. The result was a rush of haute-hippie influence, tomboyish sailor attitude, and Far East fashions.
The brand, which is known for its high-wattage approach to glamour, took a more humble approach to everyday basics this season.
The brand, which is known for its high-wattage approach to glamour, took a more humble approach to everyday basics this season. Boyfriend jeans rolled at the cuff were one of the most surprising elements of the collection, especially when Frida Giannini emerged in a pair after the show’s finale. It doesn’t get more accessible and consumer-friendly than that. Denim also came in the form of maxi lace-up dresses, bib-front tops decorated with marina buttons, and slim long-sleeved frocks decorated with contrast yoking.
On the more luxurious side of Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, there were boho-luxe printed silk dresses embellished with sequins and glittering micro beads and paired with gilets made from a combination of dyed goat, fox, astrakhan, and lamb fur. Rich suede was found on tunics, slim skirts, and one particularly gorgeous emerald-green dress with contrast gold stitching. Giannini’s beehive netting made a return on the hems of the suede dresses, presented in beautiful jewel tones to match the brand’s SS15 cosmetics collection. Indeed apart from being the first time Gucci Cosmetics was used on the runway, yesterday also marked the launch of Gucci Cosmetics, to which brand ambassador Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco made an appearance in a suede navy-blue number from this very collection. If it’s good enough for a princess… You know the rest.
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