Black Girl on the Front Row!

Tag: Gucci


Hands-up anyone who fancies some Great-Gatsby-for-grown-ups!! Well, be prepared to form a not-so-orderly queue, when the new Gucci SS2014 collections arrive!

Why the anticipated clamouring? Well, Frida Giannini has skilfully-crafted yet another selection of stellar couture creations, showcasing the best of art-deco artistry with the sass and sleekness, typical of the well-revered fashion house.

An uber-glossy, mirrored catwalk and a sonic refrain of ‘You’re walkin’ round like you’re bigger than Prince’, not only suggested the supreme polish and attitude of the pieces which were to come, but also indicated the confidence with which any woman should wear the garments!

As if emerging from the Tyrrhenian Sea after dark, feminine creatures with trademark wet-look, slicked-back hair and dewy, barely-there make-up, audaciously stalked the new season’s styles. Black, the go-to tone, was presented to us in dare-to-bare, mesh T-shirts, sheer bra-tops, loose-legged trousers, with the gentlest of tapers, flowing kaftans and elegant dresses, in both maxi and knee-lengths. Opaque options of the silhouettes included an evening dress with plunging v-neckline, a three-quarter length pant, loosely-tailored jacket with leather tuxedo-collar and a fabulous top, featuring an exaggerated cut-away, which roared ‘business-in-the-front and party-in-the-back’!

The print-story was a revelation, at times devouring entire columns of floating gowns and the most exceptional kaftans, in motifs of flaming orange, sunburst-gold and complementary cool lilacs, innovatively arranged like art-deco exo-skeletons. The designs relentlessly bombarded the senses, only giving way to iridescent echoes, such as slash-necked tunics in metallic bronze and gold, as well as oil-on-water-purple and raspberry-hues, flickering beneath the lights like a silent movie.

In fact, the entire affair was a powerful production…A perfect procession of trademark-Gucci: High-impact, high-visibility and oh-so-high fashion!!!

So, if I were you, I’d get a head-start to your nearest store because from the looks of this show, Gucci is going to be very busy!!!!!!



…In other words…a great, big ‘HELLO’ to the beautiful city of Milan!

..Hearty congratulations to all you multi-linguists out there, if you worked that one out on your own…and to the Google-translators amongst you if you had a little help!!

Yes, the Fashion Week flotilla has moved on and moored its fleet-of-finery into the docks of the mighty Milan!

So, from today until the 23rd of September, you can expect to be wowed by the SS14 offerings of Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Marni, MaxMara, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Trussardi, Moschino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianfranco Ferre and Emilio Pucci, to name but a few…and I haven’t even included shows for their diffusion lines in the list!!

Although based in Italy, our very own John Richmond will be adding a ‘bit of Brit’ to the proceedings and there will also be representation from Les Copains, Costume National and Jil Sander…but that is still only a drop in the ocean of couturiers due to display their creative wares!

Special attention should be paid to the new up-and-coming designer showcase on the final day, which will be Milan’s fashion forecast for couture talent upon whom we should keep our eyes firmly fixed!

Must dash, as the Simonetta Ravizza show is about to begin…but if you’re following the showtime schedule, do remember that mainland Europe is an hour ahead because you wouldn’t want to miss the next installments in all of those fashion-forward stories, even if it were by being fashionably late!

Apart from that, all that remains for me to say is….’Godere settimana della moda milanese!’…. Enjoy Milan Fashion Week!

Ciao a tutti!