Romance and decadence were the twin inspirations behind Gucci’s handsome collection that channeled poets, painters and heroes on horseback. Creative director Frida Giannini said that while her mind was on the 19th century, she was careful to mix the flower prints, velvets, jacquards, and tapestrylike weaves in a contemporary way. “I was thinking ‘bohemian grunge,’” she said before the show. Gucci being a multibillion-dollar luxury goods brand, grunge is always going to be a relative term. Giannini’s bohemians were more of the polished variety, striding down the runway in velvet jackets with jacquard flower motifs or trousers with dark botanical prints, roses and irises inspired by shadows in the paintings of Caravaggio. Often, the Gucci men toted carpetbags with distressed leather trim, or briefcases with horn handles. Giannini played with proportions, tossing sweeping overcoats or chunky ribbed knits over skinny trousers and riding boots, part of the military theme that wove its way through. Poet, painter, soldier, lover — Giannini’s collection was generous enough to encompass them all, and then some.
Chanel has postponed plans to restage its Métiers d’Art show in Beijing in May due to uncertainty over the coronavirus epidemic. “Considering the current situation and following the guidance of Chinese authorities, Chanel has decided to postpone its project of a replica of the Paris — 31 Rue Cambon 2019/20 Métiers d’art collection in May in Beijing to a later and more appropriate moment,” the house said in a statement on Monday. “Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and wellbeing of its teams and clients,” the French fashion house added.
The collection was initially shown at the Grand Palais in Paris on Dec. 4 and was scheduled to travel to China before another showing in London on June 4 at Old Billingsgate, a 19th-century Victorian building overlooking the Thames River.
Meanwhile, Prada said on Monday it would postpone its resort show in Japan, scheduled for May 21, as a precautionary measure in light of the uncertainties connected to the spread of the coronavirus.
The outbreak, which has killed more than 1,600 people in China, has prompted authorities to seal off entire cities and airlines to suspend traffic to and from China. As a result, Chinese designers have canceled planned presentations and shows overseas during the current round of fashion weeks.
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