Gucci Fall 2011 Review

Gucci Fall 2011 collection

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Looks from the Gucci Fall 2011 collection

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OVERALL TAKEAWAY: For Fall, Frida Giannini stuck with the ’70s motif she so loves but offered grown-up silhouettes and plenty of luxe touches.

Frida Giannini still loves the ’70s—but really, who could blame her? After a Studio 54–worthy Spring collection, Fall offered a slightly more grown-up take on the decade (think disco glam with a tinge of the ’40s), but with all the rich jewel tones, dashes of skintight leather, and copious amounts of plush furs that we’ve come to know and love from the Italian fashion house.

Giannini’s color story was a wonder to behold: Saturated turquoise made for a bold opening in bow-tied blouses, slinky gowns, a snake-print pencil skirt, and even the ribbon on the fedoras worn by the majority of the models.

Magentas, mustards, violets paraded out—if Giannini has anything to do with it (and she will), your winter wear will not be black this Fall.

The aforementioned fur, which graced many a collar, sleeve and scarf, was just as colorful, though a ridiculously luxe white and silver chubby trimmed in several foxtails was a sure showstopper.

There certainly were plenty of tailored looks, with wide-leg trousers and mid-calf-length coats, and the filmier dresses were practically conservative in their lack of thigh baring (excepting, of course, a few well-placed up-to-there slits).

But even if the sexed-up vibe rampant in last season’s peekaboo fringe pieces was toned down for this season, Giannini has hardly gone soft: See the finale, a series of slashed and sheer gowns over matching colored briefs, as evidence. It is Gucci, after all.