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Gucci Fall 2012 Runway Review

Inspired by 19th century romanticism, this season’s Frida Giannini-designed Gucci collection took that starting point and worked in the brand’s signature sexy glamour.

Giannini kept her palette dark (mostly black) with velvets, brocades, fur, and leather giving tough-luxe appeal to the collection. Surprisingly, despite the obvious sex appeal of the collection, notably via pieces that played with sheer chiffon and embroidery, silhouettes were looser than they have been in past seasons. Pleated floor length embroidered gowns and capes stood out as particularly strong and while there were some misses – the off the shoulder floor length velvet looks appeared too literally 19th century-inspired, for example – the overall collection, with its hints of goth, was a welcome departure from the sexed up Gucci we already know the brand has perfected.