Milan: Opening Milan fashion week with a wardrobe perfect for Miami in the 70s, Frida Giannini’s S/S 13 season was refreshingly simple, with clean silhouettes and a minimum of embellishment. The volume came courtesy of the punchy tropical palette, undulating flat flamenco ruffles and oversized poet sleeves, loudly announcing Spring’s arrival with lean matched sets which formed the basis of the collection. Slim tunics over straight leg trousers alternated with silk column dresses and mini shifts, their only embellishments a smattering of neon crystal embroidery or peacock feather repeats and faded snakeskin prints. Citing vintage photos by Richard Avedon and Gian Paolo Barbieri as inspirations, Giannini’s retro hostess chic ended on an elegant note, debuting a black pantsuit sliced with an oversized honeycomb mesh panel, a progressive ensemble that would bring Gucci back to the forefront of red carpet fashion.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Lean & fitted / Asymmetric / Long

Color: Vibrant cherry / Fuchsia / Tangerine / White / Coral / Electric cobalt / Aqua / Emerald / Grey / Chartreuse / Black / White

Key Items: Straight trousers / Matched sets / Tunic tops / Poet sleeve dresses / Funnel neck dresses / Simple shifts

Materials: Saturated chiffon / Silk / Printed sateen / Sheer chiffon / Honeycomb mesh / Organza / Silk lamè

Print + Pattern: Graphic peacock feathers / Faded leopard / Snakeskin

Details + Trim: Monochrome buttons / Poet sleeves / Ruffle cuffs / Asymmetry / Oversized flamenco ruffles / Crystal embroidery / Slits / Sheer sleeves

Accessories + Footwear: Oversized goggle sunglasses / Wide self-belts / Cage sandals / Crystal drop earrings / Neon bib necklaces / Harness handbags / Clutches


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