1:15 (Milano time) Oh Gucci, we love you! And here we are, as preparations get underway backstage for your Spring Summer 2011 catwalk show here at the house's usual venue - the uberswanky Sheraton Diana Majestic hotel. Grazia Daily hardly knows where to start snooping first...
1.32 Darlings, even the models' robes must be updated this season. Loving these caramel coloured wraps, so elegant, so very Gucci...
1.35 ...less so the Honey Monster style slippers...
1.37 Seriously, if the robes are this disco chic, how amazing is the collection going to be?
1.39 Model line-up.. Raquel, Freja, Anja, Abbey.. Can we collect all 24?
1.41 Tough job being a model...gruelling preparations backstage.
1.43 Abbey Lee's knuckle-dusters!
1.46 So why did Abbey Lee go bleach blonde? We get the lowdown, which she's primped. 'I just did it myself, before the New York show started. I had had it cut short for the Chanel campaign, so then I thought going platinum was a great way to finish a cut. It doesn't work so well on longer hair. Plus I've been really inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Debbie Harry lately'. (Sorry, but this girl is just too damn cool).
1.50 Check out Anya! How intimidating is this for Frida - when her models turn up dressed this well? Dries van Noten tux jacket, Alexander Wang leggings, Stella McCartney shirt, Zanotti ankle boots, leopard shoulder bag...Nice.
1.57 We talk to make up goddess Pat McGrath about the sexy Seventies make-up: 'For Gucci, it's bold glamour! We have done the girls as modern, but at the same time retro. The orange mouth will have gloss on top, eyelids have brown gold lightly swooshed around eyes, loads of mascara. It's strong make up with a light touch; that beautiful bold red orange mouth - hot red! With transparent skin; highlighted and dewy. Eyebrows are lightly groomed. We're looking at a 1970's style face, and how to do it in a modern and simple way instead of twenty eyeshadows. The show opens with hot colours; when you see the show you'll understand what the mouth is about...'
2.05 Unexpected. Grazia Daily is terrified of Freja Breha. 'Hello! What are you wearing?' we politely enquire. There's a long pause and a bit of a glare. Grazia Daily stands firm. 'Balenciaga biker, Rick Owens tee, Balmain biker jeans, Proenza satchel, Marc Jacobs military boots' she growls. Grazia Daily scurries away, secretly thrilled.
2.09 Ghost town - models off getting changed..
2.15 Freja in her first outfit. Love those colours! Okay, maybe we would swap one of those caramel coloured robes for that...
2.18 Amazing metallic snakeskin accessories! WANT!
2.25 'Hmmm, wonder if anyone would notice if this box disappeared?'
2.30 And And now, let the show commence! Go, Gucci!
PS. So cool - check out this wall of virtual guests enjoying watching the live-stream of the show on gucciconnect.com from all around the
- Angela Buttolph in Milan