Milan Fashion Week: Gucci spring/summer 2011
Creative director Frida Giannini presented a collection for an 'intellectual tribe of exotic women', fusing dazzling colours with tribal-inspired finishing touches.
Gucci opened the Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2011 season with a virtuoso display of equestrian style, vivid colour and tribal-inspired beading which combined Berber and Aztec influences.
The collection took luxury embellishment to new extremes of expense and fantasy.
Leather riding-jackets and suede jodhpurs were decorated with handcrafted tassels, fringing, intricate latticework, thronging, chains, rings and metal studs.
Silken "harem" trousers and short, pencil skirts in dazzling emerald or fuschia, came with blazers in bright orange or lapis-blue, and camisoles in violet.
The electric colour clash was enhanced with matching "cage" stilettos, with golden heels, and elaborate tasselled, snakeskin belts and handbags.
The evening wear was as exotic as an ancient Aztec festival.
"Bird of Paradise" micro-dresses were examples of extraordinary extravagance, being hand-embroidered in feathers, crystals, beads, silk tassels, metalwork and Perspex, in vibrant shades of jade, purple, and fiery orange.
Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini, said the clothes were designed for "modern amazons; an intellectual tribe of exotic women, seen through an urban lens."
Milan Fashion Week, third stop on the international catwalk circuit which previews the designer looks which will influence wardrobes next spring/summer, showcases some of the most famous Italian luxury brands in the world, including Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Fendi, Missoni, Prada and Versace.