Wednesday, 21 January 2015

When Men Go Against The World ... Gucci FW2015 Menswear Collection

Curiosity kills a cat — sometimes fashionistas, too. Before the arrival of a new millennium, clothes were often used to define a person – be it his profession, his age or his character.

However, time has changed and believe it or not, we are living in the age where what we wear does not define who we really are, be it emotionally or professionally.

For instance, a man who dresses like a thug may have a huge heart of gold whereas a man who dresses in suits of immaculate cut and lavish materials may not be as good inside as he looks outside. 

And rest assured one might have come across a doctor who dresses like a painter or a painter who dresses like a doctor since fashion, all this while, is about expressing your individuality.

Celebrating modern idiosyncrasies that defines today’s personal style, Frida Giannini has taken a visceral storytelling approach into her fall/winter 2015 menswear collection. 

Blurring the gender differences, her take on menswear for the season exhibits a new kind of attitude that revolves around a new experience, rather than an era as most designers tend to do. 

It is filled with dreamy ambiguity and streaming with youthful energy and natural confidence of today’s urbanites.

In fact, this collection is certainly created with only the bold who think the entire world is against him for daring to be different in Frida’s mind. 

Case in point: A soft, bow-front chiffon shirt in lipstick red that obviously reflect a taste of feminine softness paired with straight masculine trousers, classic Double G buckled leather belt and mink-lined slippers. 

Another version of the same look but in black-white geometrical print worn below a chunky knitwear and beret pays homage to the beatnik/bohemian style that once thrived along Paris’ Rive Gauche.

Another non-conformist piece that is set to become the talk of the fashion sphere is lucid lace top with frayed hemming. A daring piece that yearns to be taken seriously, it can be said that it takes a real man to wear something that is audacious and usually reserved for red-blooded women.

Like the previous collections, there’s always a subtle hint of rock n’ roll as the designer is often known for her penchant on the music genre as well as her humongous personal vinyl records collection.

Outerwear such as jackets are mostly double-breasted and in slim-fitting silhouette while suits are doused in graphic geometrical prints.

Now, if you look carefully through the collection, you might notice that Frida is paying her homage to the classic Where’s Waldo or Where’s Wally — depending on which terra firma you are living on — through that recognisable stripe combo of red and white.   

To complement the looks, mink-lined slippers aside, leather derby with the iconic polished horsebit and suede messenger bags are the perfect accoutrements for the modern men. 
   
In an overall, the Fall/Winter 2015 collection by Frida Giannini for Gucci imparts a new brand of romantic and intellectuality, paving new path for male fashionistas to run away from the orthodox means of dressing.

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-16 menswear and accessories collection will be available at Gucci stores and selected multi-label boutiques by the third quarter of the year.











*Photos courtesy of Gucci

Gucci - G38, Ground Level, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088, Kuala Lumpur; Lot 2.21.00 & 3.23.00, Pavilion Shooping Centre, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; G228-229, Ground Floor, Gardens Mid Valley, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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