Ciao Milano! We are chugging along here and have landed in Milan for the next round of the fashion rodeo for Spring 2013.
For starters, we have Gucci by Frida Giannini and we have a winner for this season. Someone, somehow must have whispered or possibly decreed that it was getting really close to the time to deliver a collection that stood on its own without all the blah blah blah which so often accompanies this collection. My take is that either there is a new design studio or the winds of change are blowing at the house of Gucci.
The long and the short of it is very simply … yes she can deliver a commercial and yet fashionable and beautiful collection, albeit a bit short of real daytime clothes. Nevertheless, it is colorful and feminine and wearable with some nods to the favored decades of the 60’s and 70’s. The clothes are long on ruffles and ease and not over complicated or overworked shapes. There is shoulder and sleeve emphasis and one can see that the costumes of the past are out and the clothes that make registers ring are in!
The palette is bright fresh and not harsh, the accessories and embellishments are beautiful and complement the clothes rather than over power. If there is something to bitch about, then of course I can use some of the sleeve treatments as a bit of “de trop.” And since we are on the debit side of the collection, let’s talk about the clumsy tailored looks and the odd addition of the painted pythons which looked like an afterthought.
This is a collection that will certainly resonate with the Gucci gals that have been wanting beautiful clothes to wear next Spring and Summer while on their vacations in Sardinia, Capri or Cap Ferrat.
It is indeed a propitious start to Milan… Brava