24 posts tagged "Frida Giannini"
Milan fashion week is over, and the fashion set has moved on to Paris, where the shows resume tomorrow. At last night’s amfAR Milano gala—a sort of closing ceremony to the week—we asked a few key insiders to name their favorite shows and moments of the Milan week. So, everybody: What’d you like?
“Jil Sander for the bold punches of color with a modernist slant, and Dolce & Gabbana for the purity.” —Giovanna Battaglia (above)
“I love how Gucci makes me feel. Frida [Giannini] is a designer who knows a woman’s body well. It’s an honor to wear Gucci during Milan fashion week.” —Chanel Iman
“Roberto Cavalli, because of the whimsical touches he adds to his clothes.” —Cheyenne Jackson
Gucci’s an old hand at e-commerce—the label’s been selling its wares online since 2002, years before many of its fellow luxury brands dipped a toe in the digital waters. So when it set out to revamp its Web site, it had to raise the already-high stakes. So while the digital flagship, as Frida Giannini and co. are calling the new site, has all of the online shopping features you’d expect—multiple views, on-message visuals, integration with its Facebook and Twitter accounts—it’s the all-new stuff that’s the real news. That includes Web-focused holographic window displays and iPad docking stations at select Gucci (bricks-and-mortar) flagships to bring the online world and the real world together, and gucciconnect.com (above), where you’ll be able to stream the brand’s runway shows—and attend, as a “virtual guest.” It’s Milan, now without the jet lag.
Once, only the brave wore white after the first weekend in September (and by brave we mean French and/or those in possession of a generous dry-cleaning budget). But that old edict hasn’t really applied for a while, and judging by Fall collections from the likes of Thakoon Panichgul and Gucci‘s Frida Giannini, a pair of white pants is now a winter wardrobe essential. According to Jill Stuart, though, the shade’s prominence has less to do with breaking rules than harmonizing palettes. “Loden green and camel are big this season, and white freshens those darker shades up,” she pointed out to us. “A creamy color makes everything brighter.” That was certainly the case at Reed Krakoff, where full, ivory trousers were paired with a swaggering navy coat and charcoal sweater. And, of course, white jeans, like the cropped ones we’re coveting from Isabel Marant, can freshen up any outfit. Just remember to factor your cleaning bills into the purchase price.
Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if white’s all right for fall.
There’s construction under way at Gucci’s Fifth Avenue flagship, but it’s not your average renovation. The work currently on view there is that of the artisans of Gucci’s leather empire, putting the finishing touches on the fashion house’s best sellers. The Artisan Corner Tour began in San Francisco, hit Chicago and Beverly Hills, and arrives for its final stop in NYC today. “This is one of Gucci’s core values: a high respect for its heritage,” creative director Frida Giannini explained. “We wanted our clients to witness firsthand the expertise and skill performed by our artisans. It is thanks to these people that Gucci has built its almost 90-year history.” For anyone who needs a primer on why some bags cost more than others—a conversation I routinely have with my family back home in Missouri, and one that’s made news again this week, as the Times wonders what makes $550 khakis worth $550—this provides a great visual reference. The team assembles some of Gucci’s most iconic handbags—including the New Bamboo bag, Giannini’s current fave—right there in front of your eyes, showcasing the meticulous details that go into these products. The look evolves; the methods don’t. “The style of the products has certainly changed,” Giannini assured us, but the way in which they are made is exactly the same.”
Tantalizing rumor of the day: Gucci’s Frida Giannini is working on a couture collection. (It won’t show in Paris, but by private appointment to VIPs.) Setting age-old ateliers to work crafting ultra-luxe rocker and scuba chic? Yes, please. [WWD]
Giorgio Armani’s New York watering hole, Armani/Ristorante, has introduced a new, lower-priced bar menu. We still wouldn’t advise you to be late for your reservations, though, because as we all now know, Mr. Armani is a bit of a stickler about timing. [NY Mag]
Prince Charles convened a group of industry execs today—including representatives from Burberry, Aquascutum, Pringle of Scotland, and Topshop—to kick off his Wool Project, promoting the use of the fiber as an eco- and fashion initiative. The location: a cold barn in Cambridgeshire. We’re guessing the low temperatures drove the point home. [Vogue U.K.]
You can take the guy’s name, but you can’t keep him down. Alessandro Dell’Acqua—who had a much-publicized split with the company that produced his eponymous collection—is set to show the first collection of his new label, No. 21, in Milan this season. As for this moniker, it’s close to his heart, too: It’s for his birthday, December 21. [WWD]
Blog-to-book deals get most of the press, but here’s the rarer blog-to-back deal: A Continuous Lean‘s Michael Williams has worked with Steven Alan on two oxford shirts. [The Moment]