Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Gucci designer Frida Giannini came up with "a vocabulary of intellectual luxury for new rebels" inspired by Austrian-born actor Helmut Berger, she said, dubbing the result "Visconti Grunge" after Berger's director and partner Luchino Visconti.

The collection features oversized, destructured coats, sailor's jackets cinched in the back with big metal buttons, all in rich materials: velvet, British textiles and silk prints. Short, close-fitting jackets make for a dynamic silhouette, with discreet embroidery or prints of roses and irises - black on midnight blue, maroon on golden brown. Injecting a rock element was a vintage leather jacket paired with biker boots, or for really tough guys, a black rapper-style coat of sheepskin and beaver.

Weekend accessories include riding boots zipped up the back, and velvet or varnished leather slippers for the evening. Sober but intense hues dominate but make room for the occasional "decadent red and peacock green touches", Giannini says. Mixing and matching is the thing: a heavy wool jacket wraps around a delicate silk vest worn over a bare torso for a sensual vibe.

-Gucci designer Frida Giannini-



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Love that collection too. So elegant...


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