frida giannini pushed gucci into a 60s state of the mind with the spring collection. after a somewhat disappointing fall/winter where she was still stuggling to balance the tom ford-era gucci sexpot with a more modern aesthetic, giannini moved the house in the right direction. working with a color palette of red, plum, orange, and gold mixed with black, brown and white, she presented kaleidoscope print shorts with cropped double breasted jackets, empire waist swingy minidresses and peasant dresses, belted halter malliots, owl print skinny suits, tiered duchess satin dresses, short belted coats with matching shorts, aztec print maxidresses, long halter paisley print gowns, suede minis with bright patent leather trim, and slim knits. for the accessories, she showed platform gladiator heels, flat beatles style ankle wraps, alligator and ostrich hobos with structured handles and tassle zips, and double handle patent totes.
at fendi, karl lagerfeld explored a different kind of modernity, using plastics, silicone, and silver mesh as fabrics in his exquisite spring collection. the looks ranged from white and silver trapeze dresses with bold, black halter necklines, shifts with interlocking “f” logo belts, metal micro dress with bow tie, and irridescent minis then moved into cobalt,grey and black with knits cinched with a wide belt, high waist briefs, balloon sleeve jackets, sweaters with a chain knit hem, and dolman sleeve minidresses. for evening, the looks stayed hi-tech, with black plastic bustiers, skinny ankle pants, bubble hem minidresses with shots of magenta, long pailette gowns and dresses with tiered plastic fringe hems. the accessories included silver handle “fendi” clutches, white & black t-strap platform pumps in patent leather or covered in sequins, and totes in black suede and mesh.