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As Gucci celebrates its 90th birthday, the SS12 collection ushers in a welll-maintained, clean silhouette with a primarily black palette. Androgynous lines yielded boxy jackets and high-waisted pants, yet a bright turoise-green hue kept it more feminine. In addition, there was an incredible throwback to the flapper-era with flirty retro dresses. While not as luxe as the Fall 2011 collection, Frida Giannini ensured her design prowess in the architectural shapes and her expertise with leather and embroidery that any woman can appreciate and dutifully wear.
Picture mermaid meets rock star meets Greek goddess and you’ve got Versace for Spring 2012. Underwater motifs with seashells, seahorses and starfish were shown in light shades of mint green, lavender, and dove grey. Gold studs covered bodices and skirts or embellished belts to accentuate the waist. There is nothing more crisp than a white suit, and nothing more “Donatella” than a green mini dress or Lucite platforms. Clean, sexy, and sophisticated, Versace knows how to dress a red carpet siren. With Versace for H&M set to hit stores in November, we can all get a portion of that glowing star quality soon!
Bottega Veneta’s spring collection was as opulent as it was bright (deep violet, blood red, chocolate, and emerald); not to mention the array of incredible handbags, in ostrich, lizard and crocodile. Drawing on both the references of technology and handicrafts, Tomas Maier matched urban crewnecks with pleated skirts and leather jackets with long, fringed scarves. The collection ended on a high note with a rainbow of dresses and gowns folded intricately with mesh and chiffon encouraging second and third glances.
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