Runway Report- Gucci Delivers A Dark Romance At Milan Fashion Week

With Paris fashion week in the looming horizon, tired runway attendees were given a jolt of excitement at Gucci. No one was prepared for the absolutely decadent collection that Gucci presented at a Milan venue with mirrored walls and a sexy purple/maroon colored carpet. Backstage Frida Gianini told reporters that she took inspiration from 19th century romanticism. Velvet, velvet and oh yes more velvet was transformed into everything from suits to floor length gowns. High drama was the name of the game for Gucci Fall’12.

A palette of dark maroon, green and navy was feathered into loads of black. Brocade and jacquard fabrics were seamlessly melded with velvet, fur, silk and leather. Pants were not boring at Gucci, they were velvet jodhpurlike equestrian pants.

For evening Frida paraded out Oscar contenders with slight variations complete with feathers, sheer and chiffon panels as well as intricate embroidered flowers sewn into strategic areas. Velvet smoking jackets and slouchy velvet pants belted with a braided rope gave us hints of Hugh Hefner in the 70’s.

Vogue started off their review of the collection by declaring it, “Giannini’s best collection yet.” The Pièce de résistance of the entire collection was undoubtedly a floor-length emerald green leopard patterned gown with a deep V slit that proved the Gucci girl is staying true to her notorious femme fatale reputation.  

Images VIA Fashionising 

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