Showing posts with label Gucci. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gucci. Show all posts


Vintage Gucci: The Museo, The Cafe and Tom Ford

The Gucci Museo, Cafe and Store is fashionablely designed and absolutely inviting. This amazing lunch spot in a communal setting lined with vintage fashion design books, was an oasis from the almost 100 degree weather in Florence. It was all I could do not to buy a stack to add to my ever growing collection at home. However, with the weight of the books, I would have to enjoy them only for the moment.

But lets get back to basics, after a 4 plus hour drive from Forte dei Marmi, with at least an hour and a half looking for a parking space tall enough for our huge rented van, the first item that touched my senses was A/C blowing air at a level we have come to expect with the heat of a Texas summer day.  In only a matter of time my thirst was quenched with a cold glass of Aqua Frizzante. Only then could I allow my other senses to kick in and notice the moderne sleek luxe setting, beginning and ending with the classic GG branding each placemats, napkins and sugars of all things. 

The portions were small but the style was large and the ambience paid dividends. We shopped the collection of handbags while the guys watched over Bella as she drew on an artists pad with markers loaned to her in a Gucci encrusted box.

My cousin Carol and I found a gem of a space with Gucci handbags designed and sold exclusively for the Gucci Museo Boutique. The assortment was small but the designs were amazing. And I love to know when I make a purchase of that caliber, I wont walk into a room and see 2 or 3 other women carrying the exact same bag.

The fun had only begun, and we had yet to embark upon the museum tour. The museum opened one year ago in honor of Gucci's 90th Anniversary.

I have to say I was most inspired by the train cases. We have collected and sold several and I hope one day to find another and keep it for my own personal collection now that I know the history, they seem more important to me. And I had no idea Gucci designed a car.  How hot to drive a Cadillac Seville made in 1979. They made it in 3 colors. Wouldn't a car be the ultimate vintage accessory?

My all time favorite style icons, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly vintage photos lined the stairwell between each of the floors of the museum. Their timeless look and longstanding love of the interlocking G's were showcased prominently. Ironically, my brain was already thinking Gucci from the inception of our trip.

Coincidentally, my overseas flight faetured a documentary: Designer DNA -Tom Ford for Gucci, showing his collections and focusing on his signature look- Sex. And as a fellow Texan, you have to love that this amazingly sexy and talented artist is a Texan too. 

After studying architecture at Parsons, Ford began his career Cathy Hardwick, then under the direction of Mark Jacobs at Perry Ellis.  In 1990 he joined the Gucci group as chief of Ready to Wear, bringing them out of near bankruptcy. In 1994 he took the helm as Creative Director at Gucci. In 2004 he abruptly left after issues with contract negotiations. 

He also directed the reins at YSL while with Gucci, taking inspiration from the YSL Vintage archives throughout his career, reinterpreting the YSL Le Smoking in the form of a velvet jacket for an everyday collection piece. 

In 2005 Ford opened his own men's luxury line and branched out to women's wear in 2010. His styles are still affecting the way women dress today. Ford recommends the woman always shows a part of the body. One part of your clothing should be worn tightly. If the top is tight, the bottom can be loose and vice versa. But the body's movement should be seen. 

He also embraces the difference a high heel makes in a way a women moves. He says, its hard not to be sexy in a high heel.  He knows how to give women confidence through a sense of sensuality. 

The women in Italy embrace this philosophy without even knowing it. Their style is timeless, and their heels are high. Cobblestone streets don't stop them. I still remember the style of the woman who checked us in at our hotel in Venice, in July of 2005 on our honeymoon: Black fitted suit, black t shirt, Gucci belt and killer heels. Her look is so simple, yet so stylish and most importantly: timeless.


Trend : Polka Dots and Patent

The Vintage Contessa SPOTS out Fall's trends...

The new "spot on" trend (couldn’t resist) is POLKA DOTS. What a great combo, the nostalgia of patent and polka dots? Just last week Who What Wear showed celebs wearing the trend. 

Marilyns polka dots are the most memorable of all polka dots in my mind.

Bridget Bardot made polka dot pants looks sexy.

Carrie Bradshaw rarely wore polka dots, but when she did, she pulled off another whimsey look.

Catherine Deneuve showed her discreet charm in a polka dot skirt.

I spotted a fab vintage style ad for Kate Spade with a black dress, white polka dots and shocking pink leather gloves with a shocking pink underlay. How utterly 1950’s retro? And the name of the bag in the ad… The Kennedy Bag, with a bow. I wonder what Kennedy she is channeling? Hmmm…,default,pd.html


The Vintage Contessa's choices for polka dot dresses and accessories