I just watched the live streaming of the Gucci show from Milan Fashion Week. With Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfield and Rachel Zoe on the front row and Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Abbey Lee Kershaw on the runway, it wasn’t a quiet affair. But then what do you expect from one of the most luxurious labels in the world.
The message was luxury with beautiful camel coats and fox fur jackets for day and python lace, fur and feathers for evening. Body-con dresses were present with cut-outs and slits. Hair and makeup was in typical Gucci fashion, big and vampy. Ostrich featured heavily on the catwalk, particularly in the bags, which bore the 1973 GG logo. OTK boots were also making an impact and balanced out huge fur jackets. Natasha Poly sported some patent T-strap sandals, whilst Abbey Lee Kershaw wore the new daysuit. Taken from menswear, oversize “boyfriend” jackets were common, in a variety of materials. the camel trench still reigns supreme with neoprene lining, detachable mink lining or hand dyed feathers.
Gucci claimed that they were bringing “Sexy Back” and I believe they succeeded with chic, understated sexy. With so many luxe materials (suede, leather, feathers, fur, sequins, lace and silk), Frida Giannini has once again produced a killer collection.
With so many VS models on maternity leave, we did wonder whether they’d manage to produce a fantastic show this year or whether it would be lacking in a little sparkle. We needn’t have worried. Themes for the show this year were Star Trooper, All Aboard, Pink Planet, Enchanted Forest and Romantic Journey and Heidi Klum even made an amazing comeback just 4 weeks after giving birth to her little girl. She said that although she still has 20lbs to lose, she couldn’t help but pop out for Victoria’s Secret.
‘We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris. She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks — there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.’
Charlotte Stockdale, the show’s stylist.
On the FROW: Alexander Wang, Zac Posen and Carine Roitfield.
On the Runway: Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Miranda Kerr, Anja Rubik and Heidi Klum, plus a performance from the Black Eyed Peas!