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Frida Giannini’s Gucci Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection was designed for the 21st century jetset crowd. It had a late-sixties/early-seventies vibe and a feel-good mood. “I love to play with color for Spring,” Giannini said backstage, and play she did. In addition to that bright pink, there was cobalt, citrus yellow, coral, and turquoise, each one as vibrant as the next and worn head-to-quite-literally-toe with sunglasses, bags, and shoes matched to outfits. It wasn’t subtle, but subtlety, at least in terms of palette, wasn’t the designer’s game this season. Plastic necklaces and earrings were designed to look, as she put it, “like fake Liz Taylor.” Colour was only part of the message, silhouette was a big story. Tunic and trouser combinations have been getting major play lately, and Giannini is positioning herself as a serious proponent for Spring. She believes in ruffles—tracing the single sleeve of a column dress, arcing around the shoulders and down the back of another, adding major drama to an otherwise quite minimal V-neck gown. Cutouts also played a starring role, upping the provocation factor and giving these polished clothes a modern update. Giannini looked east for the collection’s prints but not in any obvious way. A karung motif was stamped on a crisp Japanese paper fabric and the floral was inspired by Japanese wallpaper. For evening, the designer opted to show only black and white, my favourite was a stunning long white dress with coral jewels embroidering the neckline.

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Charlotte Casiraghi is the daughter of Princess Caroline and the granddaughter of Princess Grace (Grace Kelly – the Hollywood actress and iconic beauty) and Prince Ranier Grimaldi of Monaco. Charlotte’s father was Caroline’s second husband, the Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi, who died in a speed-boating accident in 1990. By the time she reached her late teens, Charlotte had become popular with paparazzi and society reporters, who found her beauty to be reminiscent of her mother and grandmother. She is an avid horsewoman who has competed in equestrian events across Europe.

Charlotte Casiraghi is the new face of Gucci’s Forever New campaign. The first two images above show the brunette beauty posing in the label’s Fall 2012 campaign which has just been unveiled. Gucci recently announced that it was extending its relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi, who will be the protagonist of it’s new “Forever Now” advertising campaign series conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini. Shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the black and white photographs celebrate Gucci’s iconic metal horsebit, which adorns many of their accessories and was first used by founder Guccio Gucci on the house’s saddle-stitched handbags in the Fifties.

Blake Lively oozes old Hollywood glamour in the just released television commercial for Gucci’s new fragrance, Gucci Premiere. Although she appears in black and white in the perfume’s print ad, Lively is in full colour for this accompanying short film with her golden blonde hair complemented by a shimmering metallic Gucci gown. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the glamorous short film was shot at the historic Sheats Goldstein Residence in Hollywood.

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