Wild is certainly a good word to describe what is happening on the runways at Milan this week. With men’s fashion week in full swing in Milan, Monday, January 18 saw autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows from Emporio Armani, Gucci, Etro and Fendi. Most of the collections had a romantic, almost fanciful feel, but a handful of others – such as Ermanno Scervino – kept things decidedly more masculine. Gucci stood out from the crowd with colorful pieces in pink, red and yellow. Overall, the looks are relaxed – loose even – and seem to represent the inevitable triumph of pajamas over formal wear.
The Fall/Winter 2015/2016 shows seem so long ago but since winter is coming, we thought we would revisit the top trends. Among the many fabrics, colors, cuts, motifs and inspirations seen on the runways, what are the essential fashion items of the season? Which accessories should take pride of place in your closet and in particular, what items should be banned from your wardrobe? These are the pressing questions facing fashionistas in the northern hemisphere as the big chill looms…
Coats take on a longer dimension
Vests and bomber jackets are to be kept on hand throughout the upcoming months, though long and even extra-long coats (as seen at Lanvin above) are essential seasonal pieces this year. In terms of fabrics, leather, sheepskin and faux fur dominated designer collections. The color palette includes black and red with various vibrant shades and a large selection of motifs. As seen profusely in the fashion shows, hooded coats and jackets are a definite wardrobe staple.
Leather is chic
Winter 2015 will exude a very sixties vibe with, in particular, the return of leather to the fashion scene, both chic and very rock’n’roll. The noble material is used on every wardrobe piece from dresses and skirts to coats and tops. The season calls for classic colors like black (as seen at Hermès below) and camel hues as well as a vibrant array of bright shades.
Hermès. AFP PHOTO / Bertrand Guay
Though the winter color palette is generally darker in tone, this year white was at the heart of a number of collections. An all-white ensemble gives a refined, fresh and chic look to any silhouette.
Other color trends to note are a return to red, as seen at Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Shiatzy Chen, Iris van Herpen, and Valentino. Beige – running to nude – also figures prominently, with some lovely shades on show at Chloe (of course), Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen and Allude. The AFP also found violet hard at work at Moon Young Hee, Chanel, John Galliano, Kenzo, Issey Miyake and Emporio Armani. Finally, touches of yellow and orange found their way into the shows at seen at Kenzo and Miu Miu in particular, but also at Louis Vuitton, Shiatzy Chen, Valentin Yudashkin, Vanessa Seward, Esteban Cortazar, Akris, Céline, Givenchy, and Rochas.
Burberry Prorsum. AFP PHOTO / Leon Neal
Often associated with summer festivals, and in definite supply on the spring/summer 2015 runway shows, fringe is a key detail this season, as seen above at Burberry Prorsum. Dresses, skirts and coats are all embellished with fringe for an edgy bohemian-chic take on winter.
Chloe. AFP PHOTO / Patrick Kovarik
A big hit last winter, capes (seen above at Chloe) move to the top of the winter must-haves this year. Whether in block color or printed material, they add a retro touch to any outfit and can be worn over a dress or pants.
The fall/winter collections of 2015 ooze a decidedly retro spirit with a strong presence of quilted pieces. A signature detail of the Chanel fashion house, quilted details, in particular on bags, vests and dresses, are a definite fashion “do” this winter. The possibilities with this trend are endless and include very avant-garde interpretations.
Once relegated to the darkest corner of your closet, puffer jackets, gilets and sleeveless quilted vests are back in the limelight. Dresses are preferably sleeveless or made from completely different materials, playing on contrasts. Some designers have even created removable sleeves on a number of items.
Gucci. AFP PHOTO / Giuseppe Cacace
Much more subtle this season, transparent details remain a key trend for a sensual and sexy style. Not to be used extravagantly, discreet touches are all that is needed to convey sensuality. Opt for transparent details in dark fabrics with a focus on the arms, back, thighs and bust.
For fall/winter 2015, the waist is showcased for a sophisticated and ever-so-retro look. All major pieces are cut with a high-waist including suit pants, skirts and dresses. The waist is often embellished with a belt, either wide or narrow.
Versace. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte
The names and logos of fashion labels appear in XXL lettering on even the most sophisticated ensembles, oftentimes in bright eye-popping colors for better visibility and “wow” factor. The trend should without a doubt continue into the coming season.
Fashion watches bear their houses’ codes to match technical brilliance with sartorial splendor. Our thanks to the team at Men’s Folio Singapore for putting together this spread to inspire us.
Photography by Joel Low; Styling by Tok Wei Lun
Grooming: Benedict Choo using M.A.C cosmetics
Model: Erlend / Mannequin
In the ornate rooms of a villa outside of Florence, an exclusive party is taking place. Directed by Glen Luchford, the short film captures the contemporary essence of Alessandro Michele’s Cruise 2016 Collection.
The new advertisements, photographed by Glen Luchford, star models Rhiannon McConnell and Tami Williams in a room featuring vintage decor.
Gucci recently opened its first full-service restaurant in Shanghai, China.
With this new culinary destination, called the “1921 Gucci Café,” Gucci is paying tribute to its history, referencing the year of the label’s foundation.
Gucci has chosen one of Shanghai’s most popular commercial avenues for its first restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the 1921 Gucci Café took two years to complete and is accessible by means of an elevator from the Gucci store in the mall.
Epicureans will step into a décor that perfectly reflects the iconic brand’s style. With elegantly done-up interiors in gold shades and full of velvet, every inch of the place radiates Gucci style; the 1921 Gucci logo is stamped on everything from menus to cutlery to napkins.
Thousands of miles from its native land, Gucci is nonetheless sticking to its roots when it comes to the food. The menu is high on Italian cuisine but the restaurant offers a wide range of options to satiate foodie cravings.
Chinese gourmands will thus have the chance to experience authentic bruschetta, made with marinated tomatoes, garlic and basil.
The pasta options are an obvious highlight, especially the spaghetti with mussels, urchins and calamari. Prices start at 150 yuan for a two-course lunch, 300 yuan at dinner (just under $50).
Although 1921 Gucci Café is the brand’s first full-service restaurant, there is a Gucci-themed cafe in Florence attached to the Gucci museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate the label’s 90th anniversary.
Gucci presented the first images of its Pre-Fall 2015 advertising campaign, thus marking the official debut of Alessandro Michele.
The former accessories designer took over from Frida Giannini as creative director of the brand in January.
Though already creative director of Gucci during February’s runway shows, Alessandro Michele had yet to truly present his own vision for the Italian brand. With this Pre-Fall 2015 ad campaign he’s accomplished just that.
A new look
The first images indicate a significant shift in the brand’s direction, with an increase in simplicity and restratin, both in the designs and the models themselves.
Alessandro Michele particularly made a statement with the choice of photographer, an important and decisive change for the brand.
Lately, the previous campaigns, under the direction of Frida Giannini, had been produced by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, responsible for several glamorous and sexy fashion campaigns (Versace with Lady Gaga, or the sensual Dolce & Gabbana beauty campaign with Vittoria Ceretti).
This time, the new creative director called on British fashion photographer Glen Luchford, a longtime Prada collaborator who has also produced campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab and Chloé, all the while dabbling in other art forms, such as cinema and painting.
The result is a more intimate and sober atmosphere in which we find Swedish top model Julia Hafstrom gazing at the muscled bare chest of Jack Chambers, whose face we don’t actually see. It’s all in the power of suggestion, an approach which indicates a new focus for the brand.
Gucci Timepieces and Will.i.am have joined forces on a new wearable “smartband” device, unveiled during the luxury watch salon Baselworld.
The fashion house enlisted the help of the musician in creating the device, which will feature the ability to make and receive phone calls, send text messages and emails, play music, monitor fitness and more, even providing users with a personal assistant activated by voice command.
The star commented: “i.am+ and Gucci Timepieces are setting the pace with our vision for a untethered wearable. In creating a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, we aim to define this category.
“I coined the term ‘fashionology’ …a merging of the worlds of fashion and technology and that’s exactly what this collaboration with Gucci represents.”
A retail price and launch date has yet to be announced.
Gucci has decided to stay in-house and hand the creative director title to its head accessories designer Alessandro Michele.
Former creative director Frida Giannini departed the Italian brand ahead of the men’s show that took place on January 19 and Alessandro Michele, along with other members of the team, took the bow, but the spotlight was firmly on the bearded designer.
A graduate of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, Michele has risen through the ranks at the brand, having joined Gucci in 2002, after a stint at Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer.
Last year he was also given the role of creative director of Richard Ginori, the Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.
Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, described the selection process, which was rumored to also include Joseph Altuzarra and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, as “considered and thorough.”
He also referred to the well-received men’s show as “a clear indication that the brand is ready to take a new direction.”
Michele’s first collection will be the women’s ready-to-wear for Fall/Winter 2015, set to be unveiled on February 25 in Milan.
Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has left the fashion house a month earlier than planned after a new CEO took control of the label.
Giannini was scheduled to stay until the end of February, after the label’s fall 2015 womenswear collection was shown in Milan, but the company confirmed Monday that she is no longer with the company.
“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that Frida Giannini has made to Gucci’s legacy during her nine-year tenure as creative director,” Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci said in a statement Monday. The two coming collections will be completed and presented by in-house design teams.
This move leads to further speculation about who is set to take over the top job at one of the biggest names in the fashion industry.
Rumors are already swirling that Giannini’s deputy Alessandro Michele, currently Gucci’s head accessories designer, is in line for the promotion, while others are pointing to fellow Kering employee Joseph Altuzarra, and even Riccardo Tisci, the creative director at rival LVMH-backed luxury brand Givenchy. The brand is promising an announcement “in due course”.
Italian design house GUCCI recruited Polish actress and model Malgosia Bela for its Spring-Summer 2015 campaign.
In a refined, minimalist style, the campaign presents looks from the new collection against a grey background.
Two celebrity models pose for the famous fashion photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott: Malgosia Bela for the women’s line, and Danish model Mathias Lauridsen for the menswear collection.
The Spring-Summer 2015 collection turns the spotlight on colorful floral prints and denim for her and geometric lines and stripes for him.
Seen on catwalks all over the world, Malgosia Bela has recently appeared in campaigns by Lancel, Rag & Bone and Escada. For his part, Mathias Lauridsen is seen in the latest Giorgio Armani campaign.
GUCCI‘s chief executive officer and creative director are leaving the global luxury brand, its parent company Kering said in a statement on Friday.
Patrizio di Marco, who has headed Gucci for six years, will leave as of January 1 and will be replaced by Marco Bizzarri, who served as chief executive of Bottega Veneta for more than five years before heading up Kering’s Luxury Couture & Leather Goods Division in April.
Gucci creative director and Di Marco’s partner, FRIDA GIANNINI who has been with the house for 12 years, will leave in February, after showing her 2015 F/W collection. Her replacement has not yet been announced.
Rumours that Di Marco would be replaced at the helm of Gucci have swirled for months, as Gucci’s sales have steadily slid since 2013.
The Italian brand is the prized jewel for Kering, the luxury goods holding company that owns brands like Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney.
Gucci’s new boss Bizzarri oversaw a “dramatic” increase of sales and profit during his time at the helm of Bottega Veneta (2009 – 2014), when he was appointed to head up Kering’s Couture and Leather Goods division.
“After successfully setting up Kering’s ‘Couture & Leather Goods’ division in only a few months, I am fully confident that he will now build on Gucci’s extraordinary legacy to have the 93-year-old house enter a new momentum and continue to write bright chapters of its exceptional history,” said KERING chief Francois-Henri Pinault.
For Pre-Fall 2015 Frida Giannini decided to go hunting around in the ‘bourgeois soul’ of the GUCCI woman.
The journey included plenty of fur, including a woven goat jacket, shearling outerwear with Mongolian lamb on the neckline, and fox-fur patchwork jackets.
Menswear-inspired tailoring in tweed, herringbone and geometric jacquards was worn with wide-leg culotte pants, knee-length skirts, and silk blouses with waistlines pulled in and sleeves puffed out.
The 70s-inspired looks continued with suede and leather pieces (some with crystal embellishment), and mohair, merino and alpaca knitwear.
The color story (shown off in solid colors and prints) was focused on brick red, burgundy, apricot, and dark orange, along with pink, blue, and ivy green. These were complemented by charcoal, black, and camel neutrals.
The black and deep blue denim came with added sparkle from the embroidery. The key footwear looks were the python stilettos which were also reimagined as flat point-toe brogues.
Italian fashion brand GUCCI chose Gianna Jun as the star of its latest accessories campaign, which was shot over the weekend in London.
The South Korean actress will model the brand’s eyewear, jewelry and watches in a campaign lensed by Solve Sundsbo.
Shot in London under the supervision of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the complete campaign will not be revealed until January 2015.
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“Gianna Jun has just the type of natural beauty and sensual sophistication that is perfect for a Gucci woman,” said Giannini.
“Her contemporary femininity is well suited to our accessories, which she will bring to life in this new campaign.”
The Italian fashion house known for its close ties to equestrian sports is sponsoring the sixth Gucci Paris Masters, the international show jumping event set to take place in December.
To mark the occasion, Gucci has released a special edition foulard.
Created by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the red, green and white foulard shows a horse and a pattern with the brand’s iconic Web stripe, which is inspired by the canvas girth strap used to hold saddles in place.
Both symbols pay homage to Gucci’s equestrian heritage and are also found in the logo for this year’s event.
The design was first created by hand using a special watercolor technique, before being hand screen-printed on silk twill to create each foulard.
Priced at €315, the 90 x 90cm foulard will be sold in a limited edition at the Gucci pop-up store during the Gucci Paris Masters December 5-7.
In the clip, Moss arrives in a blacked out sedan, wearing a shaggy fur coat before reappearing in a series of Fall-Winter 2014 outfits.
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Kate Moss is protected from the camera flashes by her equally well-dressed companion, played by French hunk Clément Chabernaud.
But as it turns out, the real star here isn’t the model at all: it’s the Jackie Soft, the latest version of Gucci’s classic handbag which appears on the model in a number of colors including caramel, burgundy, black and python.
Gucci presents the Fall Winter 2014-15 campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
In total, GUCCI hired seven of the world’s biggest female models with Raquel Zimmermann, Nadja Bender, Karmen Pedaru, and Suvi Koponen joining Poly, Rubik and Smalls in the new campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot.
“With this campaign, I wanted to create modern, evocative portraits that epitomize the essence of the Gucci woman — individual, strong, sensual, and glamorous,” explained creative director Frida Giannini.
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The male stars are equally high-profile, with Janis Ancens, Arthur Gosse, Xavier Buestel and Gucci regular Clement Chabernaud all appearing in the Italian brand’s ready-to-wear pieces.
Each of the models was shot individually with a different key look from the men’s and women’s Fall/Winter 2014 runway shows.
The campaign is rounded out with a shot of all seven ladies in crystal embellished eveningwear, which will appear as a giant billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
The campaign was styled by Edward Enninful with hair by Orlando Pita.
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Gucci creative director Frida Giannini traveled to São Paulo to open a new exhibition on the brand in the Brazilian city.
Held on the third floor of the JK Iguatemi Mall, the three-week long exhibition of the Gucci Museo’s collections, titled ‘Forever Now‘, opened this weekend.
Treasured and rare GUCCI pieces have been transported to Brazil from the Gucci Museo. The Museum space was first opened in Florence in 2011 to celebrate the brand’s 90th birthday and is located inside the ancient Palazzo della Mercanzia (which dates back to 1337).
The exhibit features the trunks, suitcases and accessories created for the international jet-set in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
There’s also a focus on the famous Bamboo bag, created in 1947, as well as the Gucci ‘Flora’ print which was designed in 1966 and first presented as a gift (in the form of a silk scarf) to Princess Grace of Monaco.
The horsebit loafer, which turned 60 last year is celebrated with a display of archival models. Finally, fans of prêt-à-porter won’t be disappointed; there are also made-to-measure suits and luxurious ladies’ gowns.
Frida Giannini and Gucci President and CEO Patrizio di Marco hosted a private preview of the show with celebrity guests including German model (and current Leonardo DiCaprio squeeze) Toni Garrn.
GUCCI has announced it will release a cosmetics range this September, and Charlotte Casiraghi has been chosen to front the campaign.
The products, which include Gucci Eye, Gucci Face, Gucci Lip and Gucci Nail items as well as brushes and preparation products, will appear with a campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott starring Charlotte Casiraghi.
“Charlotte was a natural choice as she embodies the modern iconic Gucci woman. Aside from her striking beauty, she is sophisticated, successful and iconic. A wonderful ambassador for Gucci,” said Frida Giannini.
The Monaco-born royal shares a passion for equestrianism with Giannini, who designed an exclusive line of competition horseriding gear in 2010. The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, Casiraghi has previously appeared in the Gucci ‘Forever Now’ campaign.
The Mert & Marcus images will be joined by a film directed by famed art director and filmmaker Fabien Baron.
Gucci plans to take part in the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London for the first time with a garden inspired by its traditional Flora motif.
Held every year at the Royal Hospital in the West of London, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s hottest flower and garden events.
Landscape and garden designer Sarah Eberle is the talent behind the Gucci Flora Garden, which was inspired by the brand’s traditional Flora motif.
Gucci’s Flora garden will be found in the Fresh Garden area of the Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from May 20 – 24.
To celebrate its horticultural debut, the brand will also release two limited-edition, Flora print versions of its Lady Lock handbag, available exclusively at its Sloane Street boutique for the duration of the show.
James Franco has directed a new ad for GUCCI, showing off the company’s latest sunglasses for Spring-Summer 2014.
Franco is currently the face of the Italian brand’s eyewear, produced by Safilo, and has also previously appeared in campaigns for Gucci’s men’s fragrances and the made-to-measure tailoring.
Titled “Techno Color Sunglasses,” the film stars the actor himself alongside stunning Italian model Natalia Bonifacci, and was shot at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.
The film shows Franco and Bonifacci canoodling in a series of luxuriously shot moments including a sunny swimming pool and ends with the couple disappearing in a retro sports car.