GUCCI DOES IT WELL IN THE RTW RESORT 2011 COLLECTION


“Stylish travel” was the stated theme of Frida Giannini’s latest collection, though it could be argued that the concept has been part and parcel of GUCCI since its inception. Working with a neutral palette of khaki, rust, and army green for day, the designer turned out a waxed cotton trench, sporty silk jumpsuit with elastic waist, and whisper-thin leather biker jacket. There was a bit of military and a lot of urban cool in the look, which reflected the simplified, back-to-brand-basics approach Giannini has been taking of late. A series of saddle-printed silks smartly nodded to Gucci’s rich heritage, as did a chain-strap purse with gold logo based on a design from the seventies. The freshest evening looks, not surprisingly, were in that very of-the-moment color, blush: a short beaded number with open sides and a stunning silk wrap gown with silver beaded trim. Buon viaggio, indeed.

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