The last time we saw metal-heavy 3D embellishment on the Gucci runway Frida Giannini was having her techno ikat moment. Three years later both Gucci's Creative Director and her design sensibilities have matured considerably. Now the decoration comes in a prim womanly form with clusters of coloured costume jewels trimming the necks of colour pop tunics and floor-grazing gowns. High-wattage rocks were but one of many details that oriented the collection into the sphere of the swinging 1960s. There were whiffs of the leisure suit in the lean tunic tops worn over skinny straight pants, and a couture-like flair on the bell sleeves and the simple silk organza dresses trimmed in waves of paper-thin ruffles. The basic shapes and clean lines got jazzed up in buckets of solid colour - think raspberry sorbet, acid lemon, peach, grass green, pool blue and turquoise - all of which are antidotes to day job depression.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans; Words: J.J. Martin