Since Gaia Trussardi took the helm as creative director of her family's label, her reticence to break from the house's DNA and leather goods heritage has been noticeable for a few seasons. This fall winter 2014, however, we saw a little bit more of Gaia and a little less of the Trussardi her great-grandfather started in 1911.
The runway show kicked off with a leather black tank dress. Baggy sporty zebra print ensembles, as well as knit sweaters and casual 80's denim-inspired jackets were adorned with modernized herringbone patterns in the same animal print spirit.
Masculine oversized volumes were the case for jackets and trousers adorned in Prince of Wales plaids. Bulky sarong-like folds cleverly hid belt buckles on cropped pants. Wool jackets fell to the same length - resembling something one would find at a vintage store or in grandma's basement rather than an upscale luxury goods shop.
Evening wear was punctuated with black-collared silver Lurex dresses and disco-a-go-go shimmery eggplant tinted blazers and slacks.
Footwear was comprised mainly of chunky platform derby shoes, even for the evening, reminding us of the androgynous fashions of the 1990's brought on by the grunge generation of musicians.
Accessories included small bucket bags made of crocodile and leather, metallic hardware and chain shoulder straps.
Driven by a "convention versus rebellion" theme, the younger Trussardi sister definitely made the crowd empathize with her ongoing struggle mirroring precisely that.