Dark Romanticism is how Frida Giannini described the latest Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection. The creative director of one of the most glamorous designer labels flaunted the dark yet sensual collection at the opening of Milan’s Fashion week.
Full of melancholic colours, this uber chic ready-to-wear collection will have fashion barons from all over the world yearning for this high lux look with elements of fur, silk, velvet and dresses of gleaming feathers and chiffon inlaid with mink.
This is a powerfully enchanting collection showcasing Gucci’s signature look of the 1970s with billowing chiffon dresses and sheer pussy bow blouses mixed with Giannini’s own translation of the label including hard military lines reminiscent of the second World War and a touch of equestrian sumptuousness. Channeling a dark glamour that resembled something out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hallow, there was an impressive richness of fabrics contrasting between sheer fabrics, furs and an abundance of velvet used on softly belted velvet smoking jackets and long skirts split at the back.
Giannini, whilst in an equestrians mood, included Gucci’s signature leather riding boots in flat styles and riding trousers that flounced wide over each thigh. Another favourite spotted on the runway besides the 1970s was a mix of the 1940s, including pencil skirts and full length column dresses, and the Pre-Raphaelite era with velvet lean dresses, delicate waistbands and cinched silhouettes.
Unlike most fashion shows this year that featured bright colors and patterns , Gucci’s designers came up with something incredibly different by creating a powerful collection that was dominated mostly by murky colours of black, shades of green, burgundy and blue with haunted beauties walking down the runway in roughly tied back Pre-Raphaelite hair, deathly makeup and velvet crushed lips.
Australia’s most glamorous fashion designer Alex Perry launched his latest show-stopping Spring/Summer collection “Cuban Princess” at last night’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Red Carpet Runway event held at the historic Royal Exhibition Building surrounded by the sweeping lawns of the majestic Carlton Gardens. This star-studded event included LMFF ambassador Melissa George, Jessica Gomes, former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch, actress Andie Mcdowell, Fashion TV host Amber Renae, Australia’s Hairdresser to the stars Joh Bailey and ANTM’s Josh Flinn.
Perry’s meticulously constructed gowns dressed the “Perry girls” in spicy, sexy, exotic colours taking you away on a rich, hot Havana fantasy. The flawless designs with wake you up colours of paprika, blood orange, pepper and Caribbean aqua displayed a range of styles including the sophisticated lean lines of the 1940s super slim pencil skirts paired with fitted nipped in the waist and slightly flared at the hip jackets. Other notable styles revealed traditional Japanese art forms with interpretations of the geisha and the kimono including the kimono obi used as waist bands and halter and bowed necklines. Other elements of Japanese trends include couture like fabric manipulation of origami pleats shown on several of the gowns which sat just above the hip line.
A luxurious mix of beautiful floral print fabric in black was used creatively as a feature in many of the designs. A favourite was the stunning oriental styled dress which moulded and shaped the figure to create a flawless hourglass silhouette.
And who could forget the dramatic Cleopatra inspired ultra violet winged eye look by L’Oreal Paris makeup director Rae Morris which wowed the audience and helped complete the perfect sultry look.
For amazing pictures and video footage on the event, please visit Sam Winter’s blog at www.sassisamblog.com