Milan Fashion Week: Spotlight on Gucci
October 25, 2010 Leave a comment
Gucci’s voluminous spring collection shown at Milan Fashion Week felt like two opposed collections made cohesive through dramatic evening pieces incorporating aspects of both. Simple, unadorned yet sexy separates in rich silk satin jewel tones (green, teal, orange and purple) were playfully mixed and matched to celebrate the riot of spring. Well-placed cutouts (from the subtle to the dramatic) added visual interest, and wide metallic belts were polished and sophisticated. In contrast to these boldly colored but very clean designs, Gucci also presented a plethora of monochromatic black and tan ensembles that were painstakingly crafted. Grommeted, laced-up and woven details in intricate patterns adorned chic blazers, sheath dresses, skinny cropped pants and leather jackets. Speaking of leather, this material was used judiciously both as a trim and for lacing and weaving in order to amp up hard-hitting, head-to-toe black ensembles. A deluge of fringe brought sure-to-be-coveted leather and suede jackets to life, while feather-adorned evening minidresses perfectly balanced the complexity of the monochromatic looks with the joyfulness of the brighter aspects of the collection.
Accessories aptly complimented the looks and had tons of commercial appeal. Open-toe boots comprised of thin strips of leather gave the effect of stripes and were an attractive combination of sandal and boot aesthetics. Knee-high, open-toe woven boots like those shown will be a must-have to pair with sheath dresses this spring. Stiletto sandals with brightly colored suede foot straps and metallic ankle straps were fun and modern. And although velvet is traditionally not a spring fabric, jewel-toned T-strap velvet and leather sandals were a high note. Bags for the most part were somewhat retro—beat-up tan leather (as well as nondistressed white and black); smaller, structured silhouettes; longer shoulder straps; and plenty of buckles. Woven details and tassels kept them modern, however. Soft, bow-shaped clutches with tassel trim in both neutrals and metallics were the one exception to the structured bag rule, and they added a whimsical lightness to the looks presented.