If strong women dominated the London shows then Gucci's Frida Giannini, the first big name to show in Milan, took that theme and ran - or in fact sprinted - with it. The heavily pregnant designer - her baby is due in no more than a week's time - said of this season's fierce and preternaturally glossy muse: "The Gucci woman seduces with her dangerous femininity. She is steely yet sexy."
In seamed fishnet stockings, polished leather or python skin spike-heeled boots and with jewelled gauntlets and bags she was quite possibly the world's most glamorous femme fatale. The clothes themselves were tough but always elegant and tailored to meet the fashion fabulous Gucci customer's every occasion and need. For day she might like to slip into a perfectly simple raspberry crepe dress that clung to the body in all the right places but stood away from it slightly in others so as not to be obvious. Or, she might choose from a number of little black dresses that were strict and covered save for a flash of collar bone here, a split to the thigh there.
If she was feeling more starry, she could opt for a glossy black snake-skin suit - cinched at the waist and with a knee length pencil skirt. No one would mess with her.
There were couture references here - in a sack-backed black evening jacket or in a soft egg-shaped shoulder-line. In the end, though, it was a quintessentially Italian collection as perhaps best seen in an end sequence of show-stopping jumpsuits and gowns destined to wow on the red carpet any time now. In net again and moss green, cerulean blue, plum and bronze liquid satin, these were embroidered with studs, sequins and feathers: at once soft and subtly sauvage.