Gucci Opens Milan Fashion Week
MILAN, (AP) - Fashion week has begun in Milan.
Gucci had the honor of the curtain raiser for the six days of preview showings, during which 73 top designers including Armani, Dolce &Gabbana, Fendi, Missoni, Prada and Versace will present their latest womenswear collections for the Spring-Summer 2011. The week is also packed with related events ranging from the 144 collection presentations, to open air shows, to the inauguration of the newly renovated Gucci store to the opening of a new Louis Vuitton store, both on Via Montenapoleone, Milan’s most fashionable shopping street.
Most feted member of the fashion crowd known as a lover of the trade, but also a tough critic, is sure to be Vogue Italia’s editor in chief, Franca Sozzani, who was recently named UN Goodwill Ambassador for her experience in fashion as well as her battle for recognition of women in the work force.
The Italian Fashion Chamber has opted for a somber look given the current generally bad economic times, shying from gaudy celebrations, but it’s president Mario Boselli has sent a clear message to designers. "We must be united to overcome the crisis," he told Milan’s prestigious Corriere della Sera daily newspaper, referring to the rivalry which exists among designers from show venues to top places on the fashion calendar.
The Gucci collection shown Wednesday was as modern as it was retro.
Sequined Flapper dresses complete with fluttering fringes and pleats shared the runway with cropped jackets and high-waisted slim-fitting pants that were at the same time minimalist and masculine. Old-fashioned motifs gleaned from the Gucci archives from animal prints to tiger heads and the trademark horse were given a contemporary twist by using modern graphics including a 3D effect and high-tech fabrics and stitching.