My interest in fashion's love for 60s trends really perked when I saw the Gucci show for this fall. There had been mod moments before in recent shows, like the graphic yellow and white and black and white shift dresses at Louis Vuitton for Spring 2013, but too often interpretations of mod fashion appear clownish or jokey today. Frida Giannini at Gucci knows how to bring back an era, however, and the 60s looked brilliant and well worth a re-visit in her Fall 2014 show.
I suppose the good thing about the hectic fashion weeks' schedule is that you get to wait and see what is worth investing in, because the spring shows are happening right as you start thinking of buying a pair of new boots. And let me tell you, at Gucci all the block heels were entirely gone, replaced by much more seventies inspired boots and shoes. The clothes, however, still showed the 60s in skirt suits and fitted coats, and moved towards the 70s as well with over-the-knee halter dresses worn with tall brown suede boots. There was a totally lovely Adam Ant jacket worn with cropped wide leg jeans, and some very pretty Asian inspired silk print dresses in unexpected color combinations.
It's also interesting to see how much better shows look when the girls walk on a beautiful oak runway rather than a stark white one. At Burberry the runway was painted in greens and yellows which made for much happier watching. Pretty hair and make-up helps as well - it still stuns me twice a year how many designers prefer a too-cool-for-school approach to the models' hair and make-up. Everyone loves a pretty girl - and if the clothes are only so-so, a pretty girl can make you believe they were great. But Frida Giannini already knows all that of course - that's why she is truly ab fab.
a hit of Asia
leather and lace
gorgeous 70s moment
another variation on a shirt dress - they are everywhere for spring
how great is this Adam Ant jacket?
Frida's colors are always so beautiful
I love this print (photos via Vogue)