Gucci presents a graphic extravaganza at Spring 2012 show
September 2011: Following from the supremely elegant and chic 1970s Autumn/Winter 2011 look, Gucci gives its creativity a futuristic turn with hard, art déco. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection, using straight and angular graphic prints, radiates sensuality and androgyny. Find your way between chromatic contrasts, jewel details, and hypnotic animalier prints.
“The collection captures the opulence of the era of hedonism. Mirror embroidery recall the skyscrapers of a metropolis with artisanal workings with 3D effects,” explains creative director Frida Giannini.
The silhouettes are flowing and fitted. They are supplemented with a touch of Decò high jewellery, frog latches, jewel buttons and golden chains. Soft pants have a high waist with a masculine influence from deep pleats. A new iconic foulard print has been used on bombers and oversized shirts with emblematic horses created from woven ribbons and equestrian tassels. Get that hard rock girl look with slim jackets with a Marine reference or dinner jackets that hug the shoulders, accentuate the lapels, and stand out with smart cuts and contrasting colours in silk jacquard.
Emerald green and mandarin work their way into a palette dominated by white, black, and gold. The animalier prints almost have an optical illusion movement. The giraffe morphs and joins leopard spots. Crocodile are designed by metallic threads for a three-dimensional effect. Tiger stripes have a modernist hymn while zebra streaks turn into organized, mirror prints made by python inserts.
Evening wear is defined by linear t-shirt cuts, with an asymmetric excess here and there. Chrysler-motif dresses recall the renowned building by William Van Alen. The sensual net and chiffon slightly veil the skin. A pavé of architectural embroidery, made by hand with metal elements, carved plexiglass, prismatic crystals and baguettes overlap for decori-sculpture.
Accessories include Column heels that ascend, covered with a golden cage or stripes of reflector metal. Rounded sandals are in black patent, black crocodile and in gold lamé with a lived-in look. A chain holds the new ultra-soft bag with minimalist lines. Enamel tiger heads on small rectangular clutches, flat sandals, rigid bracelets and trophy rings, jewel belts with buckles resembling crystal brooches complete the futuristic and bold look.