The Spring Summer 2012 Gucci woman is all sexy, androgynous and hedonistic moving with rock intensity.

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Art deco, hard decor, and chromatic contrasts are the names of this game. Referencing the opulence of the era of hedonism, Creative Director Frida Giannini took cues from Gucci’s design history, the avant-garde photography of Man Ray and skyscrapers of a metropolis, and the results are garments with artisanal workings and 3D effects.

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The focus of the silhouettes was on the alternation of flow and fit; shoulder-hugging, slim jackets being paired with the most delightfully louche pants, and high-waisted soft pants with the sharpest masculine pleats for contrast. Beyond the androgyny, there were drop-waisted dresses that were girly, deconstructed and looser, replete with pleats and mirror applications, all ready to shimmy on down with her wearer to the dancefloor.

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This season’s colour palette is especially refreshing; emerald green and burnt orange settle themselves nicely against a backdrop of of white, black, gold, and of course, shimmer.

And if all that detail in a single collection isn’t already enough, Giannini has greater plans. Apparently just playing with silhouettes and colours do not quite satisfy her. So in go the animal prints, giraffe morphing with the spots of a leopard, metallic threads forming a three-dimensional crocodile, tiger, zebra, and even python inserts. Giannini had somehow gotten into her head that this season, less is definitely not going to be more.

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On paper, it all sounds like a surefire recipe for disaster, but somehow, Giannini managed to keep her head on and got the elements under control as she wove it all together and hemmed the collection in with her Midas touch. Or maybe all it took was a single thread struck gold.

Images: Milton Tan Photography