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The dark romanticism of Gucci was unleashed upon the catwalk on the opening day of Milan Fashion Week yesterday. Frida Giannini delved into her love of the pre-Raphaelite era in creating her Autumn / Winter 2012-13 ready-to-wear collection.

Models flaunted 19th century-inspired brocades, chiffon dresses, ruffled collars and jacquards. With the decadence at the forefront of her mind, Giannini added all the luxury elements of fur, silk, velvet and leather to her Edwardian-esque looks which seemed to be made up of layer upon layer of garments. In contrast to the billowing gowns, there was also a strong equestrian theme which comprised of Gucci's signature leather riding boots in flat styles and trousers that were reminiscent of jodhpurs.

But back to the billowing gowns... Gucci did not fail in adding the glam aspect to her latest collection. With the Oscars just over the horizon (psst: it's on Sunday - don't miss our extensive coverage!) Giannini offered floor-length halterneck dresses in a moody floral print, sheer asymmetrical numbers adorned in shimmery embellishments and plunging neckline versions with long sleeves in alluring forest green and velvet variations.

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