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Brief Published: 23 Feb 2012

MFW A/W 12-13: Gucci’s Dark Romance


Milan Fashion Week began yesterday, with Gucci – one of Italy’s most prolific fashion powerhouses – setting a darkly romantic tone.

Frida Gianni, creative director of Gucci, looked to Romanticism, sending out an opulent collection with a mysterious, underworld quality. Rich black velvet, lace and brocade were all on offer for luxurious eveningwear with a bohemian-gothic edge. Billowing embossed silk trousers were tucked into gleaming leather riding boots for a Sleepy Hollow vibe, while heavy wool capes and leather outerwear provided a tailored, masculine edge to the prominent after-dark femininity. Rich velvet added depth and shine to emerald and cobalt blue-toned leopard print, while kimono-style smoking jackets and off-the-shoulder Flamenco blouses added a sense of the exotic.

Rich, merlot-coloured lips and glossy, flowing waves of hair topped off the decadent aesthetic. Forest green, plum and burgundy were shown alongside plenty of glossy black for a darkly intriguing colour palette that hinted at classic Hollywood horror stories and Asian opium lounges. Romantic art also provided inspiration for print, with hibiscus florals creeping up the hems of maxi skirts and Pre-Raphaelite lacing and sleeves. Gucci’s signature full-length gowns were also given a gothic edge with sheer, flowing chiffon heavily embellished with shimmering leaves and flowers in iridescent jewel tones.

Milan Fashion Week continues until the March 28 2012.

Milan Fashion Week