Gucci went gothic for Fall 2012, with a runway show full of oversize menswear pieces, velvet, and satchel handbags. We couldn't take our eyes off the gorgeous chiffon gowns and the vamp-like collection that was darker than most other runway shows this season. Check out the full Milan show here!
Frida Giannini featured a decadent array of dark hues and velvety textures for Gucci's Fall 2012 collection. Inspired by 19th-century romanticism, Giannini created lace-up blouses, sheer tulle Oscars-worthy gowns, and billowy capes. With a color palette that was mainly comprised of black and purple hues, Giannini played up the textural component via velvet, feather embellishments, and jacquard patterns. Meanwhile, moody floral maxi skirts and baggy trousers emoted a casually luxe vibe, further translated in the designers' wide array of coats and jackets, ranging from an oversized shearling rendition to an elegant velvet wrapped blazer.
- Trends: Velvet, sheer dresses, baggy trousers, romanticism, leather.
- Colors: Black, purple, green, blue, dark burgundy.
- Key Piece: The sheer embellished gowns immediately caught our undivided attention.
- Accessories: Jeweled bow hair clips designed by Frida Giannini, suede peep-toe ankle boots, leather pumps. embossed leather satchels, leather gloves, knee-high boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Red-carpet stunners like Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
>> Back in black. Gucci kicks off Milan Fashion Week with a moodily enchanting Fall 2012 collection in nearly every shade of black — or near black — imaginable. Silhouettes were flowing, dramatic, and — for a touch of toughness — accented with military details. Off-the-shoulder gowns, high-neck blouses, and mullet-hemmed skirts came in flocked-velvet florals and sheer silks, while billowing riding capes and jodhpurs were cut in patterned brocades and tapestry textiles. A smattering of wintery florals and caramel-colored furs provided softness. "This is a modern-day romanticism, a dramatic sensuality, a dark glamour, with subtle games of provocative intellect," creative director Frida Giannini explained.