Thursday, September 22, 2011
MFW Spring 2012: Gucci
Gucci is celebrating its 90th birthday in Florence next week with a blowout that will mark the opening of the new Gucci Museo there. The Italian house was born in 1921, but backstage, designer Frida Giannini insisted that the Art Deco motifs she showed off on the runway today were pure coincidence. "I like the architectural shapes, especially the New York skyscrapers of the period," she said. Chance or not, Giannini's Chrysler building flapper numbers put her at the forefront of Spring's Jazz Age revival. New York designers beat her to the 1920's theme last week, but the graphic quality of the black, white, and bronze color-blockings and embroideries gave her dresses an anti-retro appeal. They'll have legs on the red carpet and, you imagine, in real life, too, where their short lengths and streamlined, away-from-the-body shapes will make them go-to favorites come party time.