Okay, so it's official: S/S '11 is all about the seventies. We saw it in New York, we've seen it in London, and then the first major show of Milan Fashion Week was all about the disco decade too. Fringing, tassels, sequins, tuxedos, macrame and halternecks ripped up the catwalk at Gucci, and it felt fabulous. It opened with great colour combos of orange, purple and emerald green, that were bold and confident, and moved into a Navajo urban vibe, before it hit late-night disco, and finally shook off all the blues with eye-popping finale dresses that deserved a shimmy or thirty. Naturally it took all we had not to leap onto the catwalk and wrestle the bags and shoes off the models, but I'll tell you that Freja Beha was lucky to make it off that catwalk with her punched leather boots still in place. This was a collection that's so perfect for the Gucci client that it's guaranteed to sell out as soon as it hits the stores early next year. Plus I'm going to make an early prediction that the all-singing, all-dancing finale dresses of emerald, purple or gold in fringing, beading, knit or feathers, or a little bit of everything, will be the biggest cover stars of the summer magazines, and will be papped on the red carpet more times than you can imagine. Job done. Well done, Frida.
- Kay Barron in Milan