It might not come with a sea breeze, but Gucci presentation provided a healthy dose of nautical escapism from the overheated bubble of Milan.
Trapped in the sweltering inland bubble that is Milan, guests at Monday afternoon’s Gucci show gazed longingly at the runway backdrop featuring a projection of rippling seawater. Frida Giannini’s spring/summer 15 collection didn’t come with a sea breeze, but it provided plenty of nautical escapism for the overheated show-goers to dream themselves away in. David Crosby played muse to the collection, which drew on the folk rocker’s youth as part of the 60s music scene Giannini has taken up in her menswear, and his off-duty love of sailing around the Caribbean.
Fusing the mod uniform of rock musicians in the 60s with the uniform of the navy, the collection produced a kind of Miami or Monte Carlo super-yacht captains in pristine, glistening tailoring with admiral cuff stripes on coats and golden insignia on jackets. Sailor stripes even made a token appearance in jackets and trousers, but the collection wasn’t all boat parties with Sharon Stone. Giannini worked her plush magic on some rather jazzy tailoring in bright red and – what else? – navy, adding to the collection the rock’n’roll attitude her fans love her for.