Frida Giannini splashes color into Resort 2012.
Gucci’s Resort 2012 combines sleek lines, vivid colors and structure to create a collection that stands as a salute to utilitarianism. The geometric silhouette consists of tight skirts that hit just above the knee, perfectly cropped capri pants, and gold pleated miniskirts kept in balance by double-breasted masculine jackets. The color blocking apparent throughout the collection sees panels of neon, purple, red and gold contrasted against summer white canvases.
What’s so striking about this collection apart from the use of sharp, look-at-me-now colors is the firm nod Giannini gives to tailoring. Darts, cuffs and anatomical details are placed thoughtfully into pieces, giving them an overall square and sharp structure. The use of sensible materials means that instead of chiffon, we have cotton voile and cotton-linen. This makes for a meaningful medley of fabrics that include cotton and silk in double georgette, crepe de chine or cotton voile. It’s no secret that wearability is key here – for example, the white blazer paired with a gold T-shirt and silky black trousers. This is not just a modern take on a cocktail suit as separate the pieces and you’ll have yourself at least two staple items to bring you from season to season.
For a brand that has been so heavily focused on escapism in the past, this new collection represents between-seasons must-haves that are practical to the hilt, but still have just enough nuances as to not completely abandon ship.
By Natasha Lai