Designer Frida Giannini has some nautical notions for the Gucci man come next summer. But seeing as she has a particular preference for a more rock 'n' roll esthetic, she undercut all the traditional sea fairing styles with slim urban silhouettes.
She also softened the sailor-esque embellishments so they never really "read" nautical. Slim stripes would nonchalantly finish off the sleeves of a blazer or overcoat. Anchor embossed buttons came in matte rather then glossy gold. Classic button font sailor pants looked fresh, cut as they were with a drop crotch. And even the iconic duffle bag was reworked in a luxe mini me version in supple leather, which was slung across the models bodies as the accessory of choice for the show.
Not surprisingly, the stripe had a significant role to play in the collection. For daywear that meant pirate-like black and white stripes used on above the ankle trousers, collars on short pea coats or easy tunic length shirts. Whereas for evening, lines of black were used to frame the edge of white dinner jackets or shot down the sides of pants to give a bit of rigor to the formalwear.
This collection did not rock the sartorial boat. But it will certainly help Gucci to float along on the sea of luxury.