The iconic Gucci bit loafer is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and it was beautifully honored in each look of Frida Giannini’s latest menswear collection. Imbued in green croc, brown leather, matte white leather and paired with cropped, tapered pants, the overriding tone struck a particular note in that shoe’s noted history – Mastroianni cruising through Italy in La Dolce Vita.
One can almost feel the spray of the Italian Riviera with that opening pastel green suit and Giannini continued to work that elated vibe with a colorful nomenclature of optimism. The green made way to a bright mustard, sensationally sartorial on a monochromatic double-breasted suit and perfectly sporty on a suede teddy jacket. A double-breasted suit covered in a tie print was a vision, appearing at first like the finest and fittest set of silk pajamas. Breaking back into solids territory, the progression reached a crescendo on a generously proportioned burnt orange mackintosh, and then to a blue as deep as clear sky and almost evaporating completely on a set of tailored, yet easy suits imbued in the faintest baby’s breath blue.
Giannini is only getting stronger as her tenure at Gucci continues its course. She’s on a bit of a winning streak, her womenswear finally catching up with the classy precision of her menswear, which has been consistently nonpareil. A collection like this one should fit in right at home on the Italian coast as it should in the Hamptons. It certainly read a bit Gatsby-sh, and with the Baz Luhrman film adaptation hitting theaters during Christmas time, ‘class is back’ is practically written in the stars for the upcoming Spring. The prescribed course toward classic dressing will only work to her favor.