The next time they suggest a cricket match on a really classical liner on a Caribbean cruise, then Gucci has got the absolutely perfect wardrobe for you, especially if a tour requirement involves a little after hours dissolute behavior.
Gucci creative director Frida Giannini left the Roman equestrian paddock – where the Gucci man has been enjoying clear rounds these past few seasons – and went to the sea with a posh piratical collection that reinterpreted the skull and bones seamen as rather suave style setters.
“Decadent admirals,” said skinny blonde mum Giannini backstage, eyes twinkling, embracing lean models. “That’s one of the best parts of making a show,” she chirruped.
Naval officers braids on crisp blazers, and several natty commodore’s double-breasted looks – all of them finished with gold yachting buttons – were all perfectly cut, as were sleek white silk redingotes, ideal for a jet setting hipsters.
Emblazoning cadet insignia onto cable sweaters, adding some fab new crocodile messenger satchel bags and anchoring the look with dock-sider sneakers with Gucci’s iconic horse-bit buckle, all reminded us of Giannini’s other great skill. The ability to fuse a novel idea into covetable merchandise. In a word, an astute pro working a theme with élan.
Though the key series were a group of cricket blazers, with neat gold braid crests, which came in broad black and white pajama stripes at the end of the show. Foregoing ties and scarves and instead adding necklaces helped to anchor the look in cool land.
“I’ve always loved a pirate,” giggled Frida, as yet another lean lothario slid past her in the Gucci backstage.
In a consistently good series, one could only applaud a couple of mess jackets and a hussar’s tunic in a charming chalky white leather. All made for a pristine Johnny Depp as Capitan Jack Sparrow after taking a rare shower.