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Gucci Cruise 2009 Showcase at Fed Square

Special guests and loyal clientele were invited to get up close and personal with the Gucci Cruise 2009 collection last week. Held at the temporary Greenhouse space at Federation Square, the event saw a little piece of Rome brought to Melbourne. Indeed the space was transformed, no longer recognisable under its daily guise as a cool urban bar. It was a recreation in miniature of an earlier presentation of the collection in Rome as part of Gucci’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The backdrop a black and white sketched Italian streetscape, smartly positioned as models seemed to emerge from its paved roads.

For many this is revisiting a collection that has already been put on show several times. Indeed some lucky guests were recognisably sporting a selection of the Cruise 09 pieces. Reviews have been overwhelmingly favourable and my own opinion is no exception. The fit is perfection, the styles made timeless by an artful hand. That hand belongs to creative director Frida Giannini – a woman who should be proud of this collection.

A multitude of clashing styles – gypsy, nautical, preppy, tough – somehow manage to co-exist harmoniously as one collection. Floaty bohemian maxi-dresses are taken to a luxurious level with gold shot through the sealife printed fabric. Knots, shells and sailor tattoos appear on loafers, platforms and bags. I covet a rope belt made modern with chunky metal accents. Heart motifs and fringing on cuffs and at the ankle re-emerge as does tortoiseshell inlaid into chunky heels (which I’m adding to my wishlist now). Sun kissed orange is Gucci’s hero colour for the season making a splash on smock dresses and slimline slacks. Supple sienna-hued leather provides an edge for feminine pieces and the ‘Irina’ bag in black with crafty heart embellishments stands out as a must see for bohemian types. The collection can’t help but put me in sunny mood, regardless of the plump drops of rain that fell as soon as the parade began, finally breaking up the sweltering day.

Yes, I think I require one big white glistening yacht right this instant.

Words – Sarah Willcocks

Photography – Patrik Nemes

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