Think sumptuous silks, sheer chiffons, exotic animal skins and luxe leathers paired with gobstopper jewels and immaculately groomed locks. Leopard-motif silk jacquard pyjama suits in burnished hues hint at the louche elegance of Gucci’s AW12 offerings but the real stars of this show are the florals – which hark back to the Flora print featured in Frida Gianni’s debut collection for the house seven years ago – and the designer’s inspired use of colour. Sultry shades and pared-down neutrals exude effortless elegance before erupting into a rainbow of mouth-watering summer ready brights ranging from delicate pastel purple and eye-popping lemon to deepest azure. It seems to me than Gianni has extracted the most desirable aspects of 60s and 70s style, merging them together to create an array of luxurious, tailored trouser looks and simple-chic shift dresses. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Gucci collection without a dose of unadulterated glamour which comes by the way of billowing, chiffon sleeves, dramatic floor-sweeping gowns and an emerald green, jewel-collared, red carpet-ready finale. What I love about this collection, and indeed Gucci in general, is the way it manages to be unbeliavebly luxurious yet avoid looking flash. Thanks to fine fabrics and masterful cuts every look screams “expensive” but manages to do so without being remotely crass. Once again, Frida Gianni has proved herself to be nothing short of a genius, I mean, candy pink tailoring that oozes sophistication… Don’t mind if I do!
Love Ella. X