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Gucci Spring 2012 Runway Review

Charcoal-eyed models walked the Gucci runway in slinky drop waist dresses, many of which echoed the 20s flapper silhouette, boxy day jackets, and loose trousers in a collection of Art Deco-inspired looks that stayed true to the brand’s penchant for sex appeal (think very large angular cut-outs in the back of dresses). Color-wise, the Frida Giannini-designed collection was nearly a complete reversal of the Spring 2011 one where Giannini limited herself to a mostly neutral palette with hints of color blocked saturated jewel tones. This season, the designer stuck to a Fall-like palette that was heavy on black with just a few notes of color.

Clearly the designer was inspired by architecture which made for a slew of angular, graphic, color-blocked designs. Few periods seem more Gucci-like than the 20s with their ornate embroidery and fringe accented garments and while these styles are not easy to pull off and certainly not everyone's cup of tea, the designer embraced it to great effect. While there may not be any Oscar dresses in the mix and a few looks (notably the harem pants) failed to impress, we will surely be seeing many of the bronze and black fringe bottom cocktail looks on the red carpet.