GUCCI COUP

MILAN — It was slick, sexy — and salable. In the stellar collection he showed last week for Gucci, Tom Ford evolved his homage to the Seventies, delivering a capsule of manageable decadence based on a long, lean silhouette, a touch of the military and plenty of attitude that left both stylists and retailers breathless. But even though it recalled the heyday of Halston, Guy Bourdin and Studio 54, Ford’s collection avoided the sillier pratfalls of retro and, in the end, looked just perfect for the Nineties.

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