Gucci, naughty at 90.

This year, Gucci celebrate their 90th birthday and their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was no disappointment. Current creative director Frida Giannini cited two key influences on the fashion house. The first was Angelica Huston. The model turned actress was Gucci's muse in the 1970s and largely influenced some of the key silhouettes the fashion house stil use today including culottes and pussy-bow blouses teamed with vests and velvet blazers. The second influence came from someone a lot more current: Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine whose love of long, floaty and draped fabric was also clearly evident in Gucci's latest collection.

Angelica Huston in the 1970s ( commented that the 'collection lacked the shock of the new', hovever I disagree. The hemlines were totally new to Gucci. For example, the midi made an appearance in bright jersey dresses, something fresh for the fashion house. This new length mixed with the exploration of new fabrics, like the patent skirt, made the collection both desirable and wearable.

It's easy to see the comparison between Florence's stage costumes and Gucci's collection. Both are floaty, sheer and something any woman in her right mind would crave!

Above are some key looks from the collection. Not too sure on the teal shade of fur and python skin but it looks amazing on the silk dress. Here's to the next 90, Gucci!

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