MILAN, February 22, 2012
ByFrida Giannini said she had nineteenth-century decadents on her mind when she was designing Fall. The mood, not unlike at her men's show last month, was dark—with rich tapestry jacquards, plush velvets, a hothouse floral printed on a ground of black, and a palette that revolved around plum, bottle green, espresso, and jet. Romantic was the word she used backstage, "but not cute-romantic; it has a confidence," she said. Nocturnal is another good word for the collection, which delivered more capital F fashion than we're used to here, while also feeling more personal than previous Giannini outings—pour us a glass of absinthe.
To begin with, the confidence came through in the emphasis on menswear, much of it oversized. Giannini opened with a military jacket paired with a slim, long velvet skirt, and there was a great-looking cropped leather peacoat with an away-from-the-body swagger. Capes figured prominently, too, complemented by full-leg pants with a real slouch that felt new for Gucci. They were stuffed into crocodile riding boots—Arthur Rimbaud never had it so good.
As for the romance, it had an edge that went beyond the Scarface soundtrack playing in the background. Blouses were provocatively sheer, with Pre-Raphaelite sleeves and artfully placed scrolls of silk or velvet on the bodice. Dresses, for the most part, cleaved the lines of the body, but when they didn't, as with the pair in vibrant leopard jacquard, they dipped to the midriff, with slits inching up the thigh. One dress, covered neckline-to-hem in oil-slick coq feathers, looked almost wicked.
The show crescendoed with a series of dramatic peekaboo gowns in jewel-embellished tulle that seemed to reveal more than they actually did. Siren gowns all, they were the literal crystallization of Giannini's dark glamour theme.
Here are my favorite looks. See the complete collection here
|First Look - Kasia Struss|
I adore the gloves!
Love the texture with the military buttons
Not my favorite colour, but I love the billowy silhouette and
boxy gathering at the waist.
One of the many sheer blouses, provocative but wearable
I'm crazy about this look. I love how the collar and the slouchy coat
allow for a hint of skin, and then the leather pants and boots? Strong statement.
A whole lot of look here, but the pieces individually are stunning.
I clearly have a preference for knee length dresses, but this look has it all:
velvet, billowy sleeves, sheer... what's not to love?
The Gucci Cape, and incredible boots!
Not many women would have the courage to pull this one off.
Who would you like to see in this?
This looks better in motion than in this photo. All those feathers fluttering...