Today in Fashion Week: February 23rd

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

On to another city! We have only two shows to look at today, but think of it as a pallete cleanser. Tomorrow is a very special day. Yes, people, tomorrow is Prada. I know I’m fasting and praying to Miuccia like there’s no tomorrow. But hopefully there is a tomorrow, because that’s the day of the show. We are all not worthy. We are all not worthy. We are…

Gucci

Frida Giannini has not been the most celebrated designer at Gucci in history, and that is not exactly unjust. Her work has never been very polarizing or idiosyncratic. She has never led a movement. She’s a perfectly capable designer, but she’s not inspiring revolutions. One thing to her credit, however, is that she’s the queen of the 70’s reference. Seriously, she’s been exploring the 70’s as a source of inspiration for years now. Now that they’ve finally come back into fashion, it seems she’s not squandering the opportunity to bask in her favorite decade. Her clothes had a lot of commonality with those of Marc Jacobs last season. It had the same dressy-casual feel to it, and the same loose but luxurious sentiment. Particularly beautiful were a couple of coats toward the middle. It was that point where you stop scrutinizing and start simply taking a show in. The pace got derailed a bit with some ill-advised largely sheer evening gowns, but those solid looks more than made up for it. All in all, it was Giannini’s best effort at the house in memory, and possibly one of the best of the season so far.

Alberta Ferretti

Compared to last season’s austere minimal effort, this season’s Alberta Ferretti collection was positively electric. That was clearly not lost on Ferretti, who put shapes resembling lightning bolts on some dresses. It was colorful, glossy, somewhat 60’s influence, and there was never a dull moment. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t prefer last season’s effort, but it was a valiant attempt. There were moments that had be verging on a cringe, but it was by and large a successful showing.

Alright, you crazy biznatches. Do I even have to say it? Tomorrow. Is. PRADA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and MaxMara, Fendi, D&G, and Albino.

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