GUCCI MEN'S COLLECTION FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2011/12 IS ALL ABOUT THE 21st CENTURY DANDY.
This is my favorite Dandy, all done in crocodile!
Followed by this!
This is the third runner-up OK?
THESE DAYS, WE SELDOM BUMP INTO A DANDY AS THEY ARE EITHER LURKING SOMEWHERE IN THE CLOSET, RETIRED OR USUALLY DEAD AND BURIED. YUP, IN THE 1800S AND 1900S A DANDY WAS KNEE-DEEP IN THE SOCIAL PARLOURS AND SOIREES OF THE ELITE AND NOBILITY.
IF YOU WERE A RICH MAN BACK IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES, YOU WOULD ASPIRE TO BE LIKE THE FAMOUS DANDY BEAU BRUMMEL OR OSCAR WILDE OR LORD BYRON. NEVER MIND IF YOU WERE CALLED A 'WALKING CLOTHES HORSE' OR 'FASHION PLATE'. YOU INSISTED ON LOOKING GOOD AND IMMACULATE. BUT OF COURSE YOU WOULD HAVE IN YOUR EMPLOY A VALET WHO PERFORMS THE SAME TASK A CADDY DOES TO HIS GOLFER. ONE CHOOSES THE CORRECT CLUB, THE OTHER THE EXACTING CLOTHES, ACCESSORIES AND SHOES.
THIS YEAR END SEASON, GUCCI RE-INTRODUCES THE DANDY WHICH, IT IS SAID, LURKS INSIDE ALL OF US AND IS JUST IMPATIENTLY WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO BE RELEASED.
WELL, NOW IS A GOOD A TIME AS ANY!
SO GO AHEAD, PRIM AND PREEN AND PIROUETTE AS PRETTILY AS YOU CAN PERFORM! THE WORLD'S YOUR OYSTER!
These are the rest I love;
A new Gucci dandy. One who loves to seduce mixing vanity and tradition. He changes skin in the double-breasted
coat and trench in crocodile and ostrich. A hypnotic, intellectual palette, luxurious shades, with nuances of
pearl and earth. He unabashedly plays with elegance. Soft mohair sweaters, tailored suits, subtle biker touches,
rock n roll furs. The Gucci Autumn Winter 2011-2012 Collection becomes a kaleidoscopic story where the
only rule is a strong personality.
"The year 2011 marks our 90th anniversary," explains Creative Director
Frida Giannini, "I have explored Gucci's codes from many perspectives reintroducing elements from the DNA
with the 70s and the spirit of dressing iconic men as a reference."
Fluid tailoring. Sartorial blazers, with tone-on-tone stitching, defined shoulders and striking lapels. Enriched
with striped handkerchiefs and geometric ties. Pants with pleats and canvas belts open up to ankle boots and
moccasins with tassels. Casual chic for suit separates with cashmere crewnecks, angora sweaters and paperlike
shirts. Suede inserts on the riding jackets and quilted lining inspired by horseriding blankets. Winter
jackets in maxi tweed and vintage style. Snaps with tusks and crocodile straps underline a forever deluxe spirit.
Ultra precious. Noble textiles such as cashmere, velvet, gabardine, flannel and British checks with unexpected
exotic hides for coats and masterful fur for a metropolitan look. Beaver texturized for a corduroy effect on the
trench. Pony and long, natural rabbit fur for a caban for a late-night escape. Shearling lines the oversized coat.
All the way to Mongolia for a featherweight coat.
A nocturnal symphony glorified by rockmantic accents. Black tuxedos, black ties and shirts with horizontal
pleats on the plastron, in dusty shades for a damned poet. Prominent lapels, with eye-catching edges that
contrast materials. Dramatic tuxedo overcoats. All the way to a tricotine Astrakhan sweater, for a new dandy
The first Gucci men's Bamboo bag, with a blackened handle, destined to be the next must-have, in a travel
size that is the seasonÊs fil rouge. Historical carry-on bags, originally intended for shirts and shoes, become
shoulder and weekend bags, with signature key-closure buckles. Washed leather for a lived-in look. Pigskin
and buffalo as soft as fabric, a pied de poule print, a new web, a chromatic stamp in variants of caramel. The
brief-bag, foldable like a newspaper. The initials of the founding father, Guccio Gucci, appear in gold and
offer a prelude to a new, exclusive monogramming service, available only at Gucci stores. Meanwhile, the
Diamante pattern evolves on bracelets and rings.