Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent has been causing controversy and debate all around the fashion world. But luckily he can count on one fan - Gucci's Frida Giannini. She was championing the moody insolent mod Slimane favours with vigour for a A/W 14 with a collection that was a tribute to London in the swinging sixties. From the baker boy hats to the skinny leather pants, turtlenecks and peacoats with large buttons, this was an ode to the youthquake. While the moody Saint Laurent spirit was evident in the long run of all black looks, which were accompanied by the sounds of The Smith's iconic How Soon is Now?, the plushness we expect from Gucci came through in sickly sweet palette of baby blue and pink that opened the show. The sudden clash between those pastels - so sugary that they were almost perverse - and the all black section that followed them, gave the collection a sense of energy and vigour that can be missing from sleeker Gucci showings. Despite the retro theme, this had a real sense of modernity, a feeling of being on the pulse of what stylish men wear. Gucci swings for A/W 14, and boy does Giannini's skinny chap look good.
Despite the retro theme, this had a real sense of modernity, a feeling of being on the pulse of what stylish men wear.