The men’s collection is an ode to the posh world of Savile Row during the Sixties and Seventies. Snazzy, slim fitted, modern, precise and yet toned with a very sporty attitude, that’s what the menswear is for Gucci Spring Summer 2012.
“I envisioned a Gentlemen’s Club,” explains Creative Director Frida Giannini, “populated by, aristocrats, dandies and singers, noblemen and rock stars – all with a love for playing with tradition.”
Bringing you from daywear to the evening, the collection certainly gives off the too cool for school rockstar kind of vibe with an added dash of flamboyance in the use of colour seen in the flame red trench, the shiraz coloured suit, the outstanding stripes on the cardigan as well as the blazing red hints on the ends of the trousers.
To produce that strong and definitive silhouette reminiscent of noble sports, graphical patterns and lines are implemented in the form of the bold leather trimmings on the trench, the pied-de-poule (french for hound’s-tooth) print on the shirt to the dandy maxi Prince of Wales and gingham checks for the suits. Strong equestrian references are also evident in the horse harnesses and saddles inspired stitching as well as the micro quilting done in similar fashion to those seen on fencing uniforms and jockey jackets.
Despite being classically italian in it’s tailoring, there is a british edge in terms of the style and pairing. The lengths of the blazer sleeves and the trousers are also deliberately made shorter for the very high fashion look. Widely employed for most italian designer brands, this length for the trousers is also known as the the short break and makes for a very precise and tailored look giving little to no crease in the pant leg.
Without missing out on a glamourous note, the collection finishes in charming black and white combination plaids as well as both micro and macro checks on very luxurious tuxedo blazers and very comfortable looking pants in silk faille. Paired with delicate white cotton satin shirts and silk grosgrain bowties, the final jackets comes in an irreverent touch of champagne and platinum for that great night out at the gentlemen’s club looking like a true rockstar!
Images: Milton Tan Photography