Monday Muse: Grace Kelly Inspires Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

After the red carpet stunners of the Golden Globes, Hollywood’s biggest stars and brightest starlets seem to be eschewing the risk-taking looks that the fashion set prefers (see: Met Gala 2012) for safer looks that recall the Golden Age of film. And that era’s most beloved touchstone is undoubtedly Grace Kelly, the actress-turned-real-life princess that personified glamour, sophistication and timelessness on and off the red carpet.

Though she’s known for floor-sweeping gowns and tiaras (not to mention her unforgettable wedding dress), Grace Kelly was known just as much for her off-camera style as her Edith Head-supervised costumes– she was signed to MGM, after all. Whether she was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde or wearing Dior couture, her style was always classic. On her outings — both royal and celebrity — swing coats, circle skirts and tailored pieces were her usual uniform, each and every one completed with large sunglasses, structured handbags and perfect finger waves. After her wedding to Prince Rainier III, Kelly’s royal looks were often produced by Christian Dior Haute Couture, including iconic dresses that were used for royal portraits and more.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the looks that Gucci’s Frida Giannini were inspired by were less royal and more real-world. Inspired by the timelessness and prettiness of Grace Kelly’s own personal style, she showed a collection of feminine pieces that drew on the dresses, coats and more that Kelly was often photographed in around Monte Carlo and Monaco. Full-skirted coats, slim pants and halter bodices all drew from classic ’60s and ’70s looks, and the color scheme was decidedly autumnal and sophisticated (a stark turn from the all-out glam gold and black collections of the past few seasons). Waists were cinched with belts, giving models — which were styled with side-parted Kelly pincurls — a sexy, yet Midcentry, hourglass shape. For evening, the looks veered more toward Film Noir with lace and flutter sleeves. Each and every look, whether night or day, was perfectly styled down to the t-strap heels. All that was missing was the flashbulbs — oh, and a certain handbag in her namesake!

Photos courtesy the Victoria & Albert Museum and Vogue.com

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.