“I felt the need to materialize the essence of Gucci,” Frida Gianniniwrote in her program notes. If one infers from her words a moment ofreevaluation, it proved worthwhile, as here was a smart, savvy Guccicollection. For one thing, Giannini seemed to have asked herself, Whatdoes the Gucci woman, whom she characterized as someone who “dresses toplease herself rather than others,” want and need to wear?

Theanswer, plain and simple: real clothes that deliver functional chic —and, of course, a hefty dose of the essential house glamour.  


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