Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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A LOOSENED GRIP
Milan: Gucci struck out in a new direction for Pre-Fall, one of relaxed softness without the hard-edged seduction usually de rigueur at the Italian label. Even the motorcycle jackets came in a delicate, fawn-colored suede, a fitting compliment to draped maxi skirts and tonal poppy flower prints. Pantsuits were fluid as well, with many pairs of wide-leg silk trousers appearing throughout the collection in shades of apricot, rose and cranberry. Textures stayed soft using touches of velvet and brushed wool for cocoon coats, while pleating and gathering gave movement to classic dress silhouettes. A bit of the Gucci edge did peak out here and there; a peplum jacket cinched at the waist and a shaggy, chevron trimmed fur the notable exceptions to designer Frida Giannini’s dreamy mood.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Long / Draped / Fluid / Relaxed
Color: Cream / Saffron / White / Apricot / Dove grey / Peach / Camel / Ruby / Olive / Burgundy / Rose / Cherry / Navy / Black / Gunmetal / Chocolate
Key Items: Knit turtlenecks / Fluid trousers / Maxi skirts / Oversized blazers / Short sleeve sheath dresses / Slim trousers / Relaxed trench coats / Pleated day dresses / Suede motorcycle jackets / Cocoon coats / Leggings
Materials: Silk / Fur / Twill / Cotton / Leather / Stretch jersey / Brushed wool / Velvet
Print + Pattern: Florals / Animal prints / Checks
Details + Trim: Peplums / Pleating / Ribbing / Beading / Sequins / Draping / Asymmetry
Accessories + Footwear: Bow belts / Tassled high heeled loafers / Boxy shoulder bags / Long leather gloves / Pendant necklaces / T-strap sandals / Tall leather boots / Animal print handheld bags / Wide leather belts / Jeweled brooches / Aviator sunglasses
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