Some things sound good in the idea stage but then get lost inmaterial-world translation. But what could possibly have soundedpromising in repeated endless incarnations of tricked-out black mesh,exposed breasts, supersize swirls and lowbrow shine?

Coming off two of the best collections of her Gucci tenure, FridaGiannini took a backward step here. The primary theme seems to havebeen the imposition of a techno-athletic vibe onto languid clothes forboth day and night. The motif justified all that mesh, providing portalto uninteresting displays of skin. The peekaboo came via T-shirt-and-bracombos including one worn over what looked like below-the-kneebasketball shorts; insets defining the shoulders and sides of a slouchymagenta dress, and a T-shirt dress worn over a printed purple halter.

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