February 21, 2013

Gucci F/W 2013: Sex-Appeal And Couture Silhouettes

A major source of inspiration for Frida Giannini when creating the Gucci Fall/Winter 2013 collection, was Allen Jones, the British Pop artist, famous for his daring move of extracting the concept of hardcore fetishism from the corner of taboo subjects and bringing it into the public’s attention through his sculptures, displayed in various art galleries. In order to achieve the perfect balance, Giannini juxtaposed the sexualised approach with strict, severe forms, offering a show of couture-inspired silhouettes with a subversive note.

For daytime, Giannini went with sculptural lines, visible in the rounded or slightly raised shoulders or waists accentuated with peplums, as well as in the body-conscious dresses that expertly wound around the curves of the feminine body.

The subversive tone, on the other side, was notably present in the deep V-necklines with a powerfully provocative allure, and especially in the use of fabrics with a tough edge: leather, sometimes treated to form a chic crackling effect, other times used in lusciously shiny versions.

For nighttime, Giannini dropped the sculpted silhouettes, opting instead to let fantasy flow freely, with a series of fluid dresses in suave satin, with provocative fishnet details and romantic plumage accents.

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