Every other day we're woken up with reports of Italy's mounting sovereign debt amidst fears that it is on the brink of going bust. The dark mood at the Gucci show yesterday, then, seemed to make sense. Quite like for the fall menswear collection that we saw last month, Frida Giannini cited nineteenth century decadence and the dark romance of that era as the source of inspiration for her women's wear show yesterday. While many criticised the men's show for lacking something extra, the women's line more than made up for it.
Winter is undoubtedly much harder to dress for compared to the warmer months but Giannini made it a lot easier by using a mix of luxurious winter fabrics and textures alongside sheer chiffons to make sure that you can keep warm next season without throwing your sartorialleanings out the window.The collection was full of plush jacquards, ultra luxe stamped velvet coats, classic black leather riding boots, oversized fur and feathered skirts and jackets. The colour palette was the perfect combination of black with hints of plum and varying shades of rich greens, blues and reds. The romanticism was transparent particularly on the evening dresses that were predominantly black and sheer with carefully placed embroidery. There were no fuss and frills involved but rather, each piece exuded a quiet authority and power in a Riccardo Tisci or John Rocha kind of way.