Frida Giannini’s sartorial vision for the modern woman continues with clean lines reminiscent of 70s Yves Saint Laurent, embellishments inspired by art déco architecture and a baseline palette of black largely contrasted with shimmering gold and white. Bearing in mind the deep, rich tones of the AW11 collection, plum, aubergine, teal, mustard, it’s evident that Giannini considers each consecutive collection as being part of a bigger journey with Gucci clientele. As if she’s saying, follow me, trust me and you’ll posses a dynamic wardrobe.
Art déco was a vivid influence today and it was infused with inspirations from animal prints, in particular zebra. Personally speaking, the SS12 collection really took flight in the second half of the show when graphic patterns of embroidered gold and black over sheer materials were maximised by simple flapper dresses. Fringing and sparkle was everywhere culminating in the final dress modelled by Natasha Poly. With bold stripes and fringing that fell to below the knee, it was to Giannini’s strength that she and her team gave eyes space and time to take in this dress and the woman, choosing not to overcomplicating things by throwing accessories at the look. With a glamourous statement dress like this, less is absolutely more on the accessories, hair and make-up front. Keep it simple, keep it sexy and with this collection Giannini successfully suggests, keep it Gucci.
(words: Sarah Hay)