The Show: Gucci Fall 2013
The Theme: Dark, sexy, demure
The Color Palette: Black, purple, dark orange, teal, brown, and olive
The Collection’s Best Look: For fall, Gucci’s head designer Frida Giannini created a collection that showed that dressing sexy does not mean you have to expose a lot of skin. The looks were given a soft, sculpted silhouette with rounded shoulders on the jackets while the dresses created an hourglass figure with padded hips accessorized with black elbow length gloves and knee-high boots. Standout pieces were the black leather turtlenecks worn under many of the looks and a handful of form-fitting python dresses that conveyed a subtle yet certain dominatrix vibe. This theme was carried over to the evening looks where a sheer lace mesh bodice embroidered with sequins and feathers topped silk cocktail dresses and gowns in shades of teal, purple, and gold.
The Show: Versace Fall 2013
The Theme: Versace goes punk, or rather, “Vunk!”
The Color Palette: Black, white, yellow and red
The Collection’s Best Look: Punk gets a glamorous and sexy makeover in the hands of Donatella Versace. The strong and striking looks had all the elements associated with punk from buckles to plaid, chains, safety pins and slashed clothing items combined with the sex appeal the house of Versace is known for. Latex played a prominent role in the looks, appearing in almost every concoction including body-conscious dresses, pants, coats, skirts, and biker jackets. Versace chose hardware as the main accessory, using long nails to hold the necklines and bodices of jackets and dresses or to pierce the ears of models while spikes and bolts were worn on belts, chokers and bracelets. It takes a daring woman to wear these looks, but the Versace girl has never been one to shy away from the center of attention no matter where she is, whether it’s a fashion show or a punk concert.
The Show: Emilio Pucci Fall 2013
The Theme: Bohemian rock girls of the 60s
The Color Palette: Blue, white, black, pink, and gold
The Collection’s Best Look: Shorter is sweeter at Pucci. For fall, Peter Dundas used a template of printed mini-skirts and suede shorts throughout most of the looks while still managing to keep legs from looking bare with thigh high suede boots in tan, black, and red. Oversized mohair jackets in pastel shades of mint or purple were worn on top of patterned dresses and beaded sweaters. Throughout the show Dundas used a print from the Pucci archives that was placed on everything from belted tunics to short evening dresses.