Gucci Fall 2012: Velvet Underground

MILAN--I can think of no better introduction to Milan Fashion Week than with Gucci's show. Set at a storied building on the Piazza Oberdan, a 15 minut
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MILAN--I can think of no better introduction to Milan Fashion Week than with Gucci's show. Set at a storied building on the Piazza Oberdan, a 15 minut
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MILAN--I can think of no better introduction to Milan Fashion Week than with Gucci's show. Set at a storied building on the Piazza Oberdan, a 15 minute walk from my hotel, it was the perfect antidote to my case of jet lag.

Inside the venue guests were treated to flutes of champagne beneath a canopy of flowers. The catwalk's floor was done up in a thick, plushy purple carpet and the walls were, of course, mirrored. The lighting was dim so that the whole vibe was more swank night club than runway show.

The carpet, it turns out, was a promise of what was to come--a moody purpley/maroon featured heavily in the collection as did plushy textures like fur, velvet, velvet and more velvet. Did we mention velvet? There was so much of the stuff, we couldn't help but think how much George Costanza, who famously said he would drape himself in the fabric, would've loved the collection. Though some of the looks--like a short cropped cape and slouchy leather pants--would probably be just a tad too directional for him.

Some of our favorite looks were plays on the suit: There were pajama-inspired looks with patterned palazzo pants as well as a monochromatic velvet look (in purple, obviously) which combined a smoking-inspired blazer and a seriously cool purple fur coat. Many of the blazers and dresses were tied with braided rope belts, which looked a lot like what you might use to tie up your curtains. We liked it though: It lent a lounge-y vibe to the collection.

On the evening wear front, there were plenty of gorgeous floor length gowns--one in black feathers--which had a hint of green when it caught the light, and a sheer number with sparkly muted floral embellishments. Our favorite, though, had to be the green velvet number with a subtle leopard print and completely un-subtle plunging neckline. Who else is ready for a night out?

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