Gucci Sweats It Out for Spring

Frida Giannini's latest collection for Gucci was full of contradictions. It was at once leisurely and ideal for going out; athletic yet formal; modern yet brimming with references to the past.
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Frida Giannini's latest collection for Gucci was full of contradictions. It was at once leisurely and ideal for going out; athletic yet formal; modern yet brimming with references to the past.
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Frida Giannini's latest collection for Gucci was full of contradictions. It was at once leisurely and ideal for going out; athletic yet formal; modern yet brimming with references to the past.

It all made for a pretty dazzling start to Milan Fashion Week.

Models strutted--not walked--down the runway in "wet" hair (guess that trend will never leave) and easy, loose-fitting wares that evoked swimsuit coverups, as just about every look revealed at least a bit of black bikini top. It poked out of plunging necklines, mesh shirts, and jackets with open backs.

As the show transpired, the looks got a little more nighttime appropriate thanks to a heavy dose of shimmer. On loose-fitting drop-waist dresses and jumpsuits paired with fringed bags and ultra-high heels (kind of refreshing during this very flats-heavy season), one couldn't help but recall disco-era glamor (the mirrored runway may have been an influence). But there was also a clear Japanese kimono reference in the gorgeous, big floral prints and loose ties around the waists of dresses and jumpsuits.

It was all unmistakably Gucci: sexy, strong, sophisticated, and--sorry to break the alliteration--luxe. At times though, it felt a bit early aughts J.Lo. Regardless, this collection is going to be really fun to see in editorials and on red carpets next season.

Photos: IMAXtree