S/S 13 Gucci

Gucci kicked off Milan Fashion Week this morning with a beautiful, bright, pink, 60’s- inspired concoction. The silhouette was rapturous belted at the waist accompanied with a high neck and flared trousers. The block of one colour is eye-catching and pleasing to the eye elongating the model’s legs and torso. The continuation of this theme extended to the sunglasses, tinted a matching shade of pink.

The fluted sleeves were an exquisite feature of today’s show something that lends a certain sophistication to one’s movement. The silhouettes saw the female form almost always covered top to toe from high necks to long trousers. Very little skin was showing, apart from the back, an unusual feature of a Spring/Summer catwalk.

The white and coral looks presented a continuation of last season’s colour-blocking trend that had been clearly conspicuous on the high- street and with Gucci’s investment in the trend, it more than likely will continue to feature.

Inspiration this season was clearly drawn from the 1960’s with little shift dresses and jewel colours being brought to the forefront once again. The longer tops were something of note which haven’t been around in a few seasons and one that will probably take hold during this coming Spring.

The make-up was stunning with a soft smokey eye emphasised beside the bare, clear skin of perfectly primped models. There was just a little bit of contouring to shape the face but rather the attention was on the eyes paired with a soft nude lip quite typical of the 1960’s.

Collars were a prominent feature, as they have been on many of the catwalks from this season to the last, so I predict they will continue to dominate and take full flight this spring on the high street and in general.

The snakeskin element of the show was a bit plain and typical of a Gucci runway which was a little uninspiring. This season took a very unimaginative path with the print. There was a beautiful pink and grey snakeskin pattern that was a little different to a typical Gucci snakeskin print however the way it was presented wasn’t synonymous with the overall look.

A beautiful classic element of the show was the black which was presented rather exquisitely. A cutout polo knit made a classic winter look wearable in spring and the cutout made it edgy and cool.

The show ended on an angelic note with a model swanning down the catwalk as if she had descended from heaven. However she was far from being a heavenly creature as upon closer inspection the white is quite stark as opposed to a soft white and her hair instead of streaming in long waves behind her was tied into a tight chignon.

My initial reaction to this show was that Gucci had played it safe or rather Frida Giannini did, trying to reinterpret and maintain the Gucci brand image. My advice; reinvent it without straying too far from the winning formula. This was too traditional with a little hint of boring for my liking.

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