The Grazia team's first show of Milan fashion week, and already all red carpet dressing for the next six months is sorted! Gucci turned to the glamour and decadence of the 20s with their art deco inspired collection. And nobody does decadence quite like Gucci. Unlike the more voluminous silhouettes we saw in London, Gucci's were long and lean - think skyscrapers - but again the emphasis fell away from the waist. It was a meeting of two extremes, the tailored cropped and collarless jackets and high-waisted peg trousers, had a sense of uniform about them, while the early dropped-waist panelled dresses were ultra feminine and subtly sexy - high-necked and prim from the front, then as the model turned, dangerously but fabulously backless.
But it was the finale of ten dresses that will be what defines Gucci in S/S '12. A parade of beaded, fringed and embellished flapper numbers in gold, silver, black and white were the perfect punctuation for the inspiration, an creative director Frida knew that the dresses spoke for themselves and needed little in way of accessories (apart from the gorgeous metallic detailed shoes, and of course some seriously covetable bags) You can guarantee already that you will see these dresses again and again on the covers of monthlies come February.
'We'll need to have a 20s party!' said the pr as we were leaving - and we imagine it would even leave Gatsby's soirees in the shade.