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Cacharel Unveils New CEO, in Major Corporate Revamp
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Kane Drops Out of Versus in Major Shake-up
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Ghesquière Departs Balenciaga in Major Surprise
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Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Between Optimism and Fear
November 02nd, 2012 @ 00:28 AM
London Unveils Men’s Season Schedule
November 01st, 2012 @ 00:36 AM
Azzaro Releases Castello Branco
October 25th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM
Revenue Soars 22 Percent at LVMH in First Three Quarters
October 16th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM
Rykiel Names Geraldo da Conceicao Artistic Director
September 21st, 2012 @ 8:12 PM
Brazil’s New London Pop-Up
September 21st, 2012 @ 7:20 PM
McQueen Men Returning Home to London
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Roitfeld, Mum and Son, Open in Brazil
September 07th, 2012 @ 00:54 AM
Berluti Opens to Big-Time Business in London
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Stefano Pilati Back with a Bang at Zegna
September 05th, 2012 @ 7:10 PM
Hugo Boss Wows in Berlin, Plans for New York
July 06th, 2012 @ 00:17 AM
Salvatore Ferragamo: Crusin’ the Louvre
June 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 AM
Michel Klein Gains New Backer; Launches Sunglass Collection
June 13th, 2012 @ 00:48 AM
Sykes Jettisoned by Aquascutum; Maurer In at Rabanne
June 06th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM
Armani Conquers China, Chastises the Pope
June 01st, 2012 @ 11:53 AM
Gucci: Tashkent Training Chic
September 27th, 2009 @ 00:08 AM - Milan
Uzbekistan, perhaps not everyone’s first thought when it comes to inspiration for a hip Italian fashion brand, underpinned a powerful Spring 2010 collection from Gucci that, at its kernel, was all about combining sexy athleticism with the brand’s unique hardware.
The collection's starting point was the Central Asia Silk Road and Tashkent, market place and capital of Uzbekistan, from which a local carpet pattern inspired Gucci’s hard-edged catwalk and an equally hard-edged invitation to the show Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26.
Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini infused the folkloric geometrics of the ikat, the woven and patterned silk fabric of the Uzbek region, into some exceptional cocktail dresses where the patterns were re-imagined as posh punk safety pins, zips or tensile-like struts of stretch fabric.
“It’s a partnership of tailoring together with lots of new techniques and fabrics that come in the extreme sports, stuff I never did,” joked Giannini backstage.
The heart of the matter was athletic chic, best summed up in the opening all white cocktail dress, a spider web of fabric straps, the sort some gold-winning athlete of the future would don when entering an Olympian hall of fame.
Many designers have been mixing sport and style this season, like Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler in New York, but Giannini gave these clothes a very specific Gucci DNA thanks to her brainy use of hardware, like buckles, catches or straps that kept the sexy quotient red hot. Who would have thought a climber’s belt strap would be reinterpreted in leotards or the shoulder strap of a cocktail dress? Giannini did, and they both looked very of the moment.
Giannini’s other smart ploys were fairly radical reinterpretations of the "little black dress," sending out that all-time fashion favorite with Gucci high-tech metals that created the Tashkent geometric patterns again.
And, where before this designer has finished previous shows with somewhat over fussy finales, her two simple final black columns, again with graphic hardware, were the perfect finish.