Gucci Spring Summer 2013: '70s Thrills & Frills

20 September 2012 by

Opening the Milan schedule, the Gucci catwalk show is always a good barometer of the mood in town. So when we were greeted with a sizzling summer palette of turquoise, fuchsia and jade and look after look of late 60s/ early 70s inspired ensembles, we could be pretty sure that the gothic days of the A/W 2012 have been well and truly kicked to the curb.

Central to Frida Giannini’s silhouette for next summer was the tunic and trousers combo. In block colours with pants featuring a kick flare, this was minimalist fashion at its most retro. Giannini was also pre-occupied with ruffles – namely flounces adjoining dresses from head to toe. We had ruffles cascading down sleeves, inching across shoulders and trimming strapless frocks and where flounces crossed the neckline they were stiffened to create a faux turtleneck look.

As far as prints go there was a palm-y multi-coloured motif that added that classic Gucci holiday vibe and this season’s popular python prints also got a look in. Also of note was the stalactite-esque jewellery – sharp enough to look deadly and a guaranteed hit come spring.

If there were hints of costume – the puffed sleeves for instance – most of the collection was very wearable. It was also markedly modest – no thigh high slits or sheer fabrics – and often covered the skin from neck to feet. Giannini described the style as ‘aristographic’ (aristocratic and graphic, geddit?) and told us she was inspired by Richard Avedon and Gian Paolo Barbieri’s historic photographs of their female icons – women like Marisa Berenson for example. One thing's for sure – if we have another summer like this one, we’ll be glad of the posh cover-up qualities that Giannini has presented us with this season.


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Macaroon Jewellery (Thu Sep 20 10:31:58 BST 2012): LOVE it! The hot pink is gorgeous.