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Milan Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with an outstanding show by Gucci. Celebrating its 90th birthday, the fashion house unveiled a 1920s-inspired collection with plenty of pizazz. First to hit the catwalk was a green, blue and silver zig-zag jacket worn over a pair of navy-style trousers featuring brass buttons at the ankles. There was a subtle military theme to most of Frida Giannini's tailoring with sharp blazers that featured shiny labels and fine chain detail.

Then came the drop waist dresses (a HUGE trend this SS12 season!), which stayed true to Giannini's palette of grass green, navy blue, silver and white. Switching gears slightly, a parade of scarf-style dresses and harem trousers in an greyish animal print strutted out in the typical sexy way.

More resort-style crisp white trousers and striped blazers followed, before the audience was really given a chance to see Giannin's Jazz Age come to life. There were more drop waists only this time they were complete with fringing, sequins, and bunches of metallic thread which almost carried an Aztec vibe. Gucci will close Milan Fashion Week with a gala opening of the new Gucci Museum in Florence next week.