Gucci Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 18, 2013

With Gucci, you know you can expect something sexy and extremely attention-seeking, and since sheers and netting seem to be the big trend for spring (Ugh.), something glittery and see-through was bound to walk down that runway. The colors are bright and metal-tinged, the shapes are loose and low-slung, in a ’70s-by-way-0f-the-’20s kind of way, and perhaps oddest of all, there’s an infusion of ’80s-style meshwear. It comes off a little scattered, to be honest. We do love the colors and prints, though. The shapes have a languid sexiness to them, but we would have liked seeing more variation in the silhouettes. And the sheer trend just went to DEFCON One, with a succession of gowns that are all but unwearable in their present state, except by the most adventurous of women.






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Clueless_Jock

    I think it’s a mess. The collection doesn’t look high end.

  • kimmeister

    The long waisted celebs need to stay the heck away from this collection.

  • Jacquelyn

    A few of the color gowns stood out but man is there a lot of “NO” here.

  • Somehow it’s all very (pre-rehab) Lindsey Lohan goes to opening night of a Studio 54 reboot.
    Greasy, tacky, and a poor use of past decade inspiration.

  • alyce1213

    The curvy prints and embellishments reference art nouveau, which I like, but I don’t like the sheerness and the visible bras and straps. The elements don’t seem to work together and the silhouettes are quite repetitive.

  • boweryboy

    It’s a bit tacky, no?

  • Tanya Wade

    If Endora and Mrs. Roper got together for a fabulous lesbian lifestyle in Las Cruces, and adopted a baby. And she grew up to be an exhibitionist. No no no.

    • Brava!!

    • filmcricket


    • AmeliaEve

      Now I really want to see this show. And the wacky neighbors, Patty and Selma Bouvier.

  • flamingoNW

    Hmm, mostly pretty ugly and unflattering to my eyes. Very few women should try any of these. Olivia Wilde MAYBE.

    • Laura Renee

      I’m thinking of Amanda Palmer, but I dunno if she would wear Gucci.

  • A shame really, since the embellishment work is beautiful, that most of this ends up looking tawdry.

    • Little_Olive

      Agree. It doesn’t seem to be poorly made or not thought-about (in fact they seem to have thought long and hard), but they played with the line between sassy and fugly and they failed.

  • kirkyo

    I don’t have much of an opinion other than I wasn’t bored and the pink and green shimmery things are awful.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    For some reason, I really love the styling here and how the colors and reflections of the runway play off the collection. I bet this was quite an experience to see in person. That being said, I can’t picture the actual clothes looking good on any human being in real life.

    • And I was all “greasy hair and shitty, harsh lighting” boo! Too funny. Two different opinions, same sad conclusion.

      • Slanted & Enchanted

        Haha that is too funny! I guess the styling and lighting reminded me of night swimming? In like some exotic Las Vegas pool? In a see-through mesh swimsuit? And somehow it was awesome and not tragic?

        • Well shit! Now that I see it like that…

        • kmk05

          Haha, I just commented on how this is all about either 1) going to the beach or 2) going to a beach party. It’s like there are no actual clothes here, just slinky swimsuit coverups!

          • demidaemon

            In that case, it would be a success. My gut tells me that’s not quite what they were shooting for on the intended use of these clothes.

  • The dress featured in the thumbnail is lovely.
    Other than that……..

    • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

      Yes! That one got me excited to click through, and then the collection ended up being so cringeworthy. Sigh.

  • hughman

    Spiderace : Behind The Candle-no-bra.

  • conniemd

    I liked most of the clothes without the black sheer bondage bra exposed under the clothes. Most would be wearable by regular people with a simple black tank if they insist on being low cut.Gorgeous colors reminiscent of sunsets. If only, if only they didn’t have the mesh, sheer and bondage bras.

  • Random Compliments

    I find the background very distracting. Also, the clothes seem tacky.

  • Irina Ryabchuk

    Florence Welch could rock those prints.

  • MzzPants

    If this doesn’t scream ‘discotheque’, I don’t know what does.

  • MilaXX

    It just looks like a collection of fancy beach cover ups. I’m not even sure how any of it would translate once lined.

    • Random Compliments

      Nailed it.

  • CKMia

    I’m a sucker for shiny Disco things but I think this collection will be more interesting once the ads and editorials hit the magazines. I agree with others that the styling and presentation are a bit sloppy. I do like that almost Art Nouveau print though.

  • Trickytrisha

    Color gives me happy tingles, usually. Here I’m just kinda all bewildered and have eye strain from the blinding lights on the runway.

  • Gucci: not [quite] as vulgar as Versace.

    • poggi

      Hah! I am going to go out on a limb and say that may not be the most successful marketing campaign for them.

  • kmk05

    Part 1: Everyone is going to or coming from the beach. Part 2: Everyone is going to or coming from the beach afterparty. None of this is really wearable, in my humble and uneducated opinion. The pieces also work admirably on models, but I’m not sure about how that sexy slouchiness can translate to real life. Even Rachel Zoe has some pieces with structure. Hey, Gucci has a shiny pyjama a la Rachel Zoe too!

  • quiltrx

    I feel like the beautiful Nouveau patterns are kind of wasted on really unflattering (and sometimes even cheap-looking) clothes.

  • filmcricket

    This is the second collection to feature kimono-type coverups, no? One more and it’s officially a trend!

  • Deedles

    In many of the patterns, all I see are outlines of the various parts of the female reproductive system. WTF?!

    • demidaemon

      Considering most of these clothes expose the female reproductive system, perhaps Gucci is trying to send some sort of subliminal message. What it is, I do not want to know or guess.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I like the first half of the collection when I ignored the mesh. I like the idea (70s by the way of the 20s) but agree that some elements cheapen it

  • jilly_d

    I would love to see the sleeveless printed gown (15th or 16th I think) on Carey Mulligan.

  • In_Stitches

    Some of it looks like fabulous karate uniforms so, obviously I love it. I don’t think they’re going to have to do much to it for it to be presentable. Just make the boob triangle portions opaque and bam, good to go.

  • RoseJB

    But, the footwear! I’ll have all of these sandals in an 8.5, please.

  • I feel like this is Kristen Stewart and Rihanna’s collection to pick apart between them. I assume Miley Cyrus will scramble for the cast-offs.

    I love it though.

    • demidaemon

      Of those three, only Rihanna pull it off.

  • JDreesen

    lucky for Gucci, Nickelodeon and Disney are churning out “the most adventurous of women” faster than we can say The Adventures of iHannah VicTORIous Sam & Cat McGuire…Hotel: The Suite Life.

  • Candigirl1968

    I feel like this is a second draft and not the final product. There are some lovely prints, but the whole seems less than the sum of the very scattered parts.

  • roadkill

    Bathrobes. That explains the hair.

  • jif

    Mesh bathrobes and sparkly muumuus for all!

  • mila_8

    Run Salma! You know they’re going to force some of these on to her, my money’s on the lux purple snuggie.

  • shayna61

    This entire collection is utter crap. Shapeless muumuus not even my grandmother would wear around the house. Hideous colors, godawful draping, unflattering cuts. It’s just a Hot Mess from start to finish.

  • I am not down with the boob-slings. Like Mortal Kombat themed strippers. Ew.

  • guest2visits

    The prints are glamorous, in a disco Peter Maxx kind of way. The only one that made me stop and admire was #33 (long dress, sheer sleeves).

  • e jerry powell

    “With Gucci, you know you can expect something sexy and extremely attention-seeking”

    That’s not really the though that came to mind when I saw the menswear collection…

  • decormaven

    What’s with all these long straps hanging away from the garments? You just know they’re going to get caught in a car door, an elevator door, or an escalator. Do these fashions come with a hold harmless agreement?

  • MoHub

    Some of the colors are fabulous, but—ye gods!—I am so done with sheer and baggy.

  • Diego!

    I love it!!! I loved that every single dress/outfit has those stripes hanging showing floatiness… this is not for every women on Earth but it’s something chic and attention catching.

  • Kent Roby

    Okay, I am totally putting my favorite completely-sheer bodysuit into storage until this sheer/net trend runs its course, lest someone accuse me of being too trendy. Not loving this collection at all.

  • The prints are magnificent. The sheer “gowns” are bathrobes. Pegnoir sets.

  • jspark


  • Greg


  • Very unflattering shapes.

    If the Project Runway designers tried any of these, they’d be sent packing. The colors are awfully dark as well.

  • elirt

    I am HATING the sheer trend. It’s becoming impossible to find a shirt that is just a shirt and doesn’t require another layer to cover up my girls. ARGH!!!!!!! Seriously – I look at somethings and think, how the hell is this appropriate for work? How can I wear this without sweating because I have layers on? BOOOOOO! I cannot wait for this stupid trend to be OVER.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    Dig the prints, in and of themselves. But seriously, are we supposed to be European Ice Dancers now?

  • Therese Bohn

    Nip slip haven. Bleah.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Lots of REAL 1920’s inspiration; not the “throw beads at it” inspiration of last season. All of the art nouveau shapes, the long loose silhouettes, lower hip definition, sheers…just fabulous. Truly stunning.

    I’m shocked most of TLo’s readers don’t like this! I can’t wear most of it it, because I’m curvy, but I love it. Maybe it’s just the period clothing geek in me that is fanning herself over this, and the other people aren’t picking up those references? Or I’m so excited about the period references that I’m overlooking some fug? A lot of people don’t like the strappy elements, but those black lines mimic the ink lines on an art nouveau painting or the black lines that outline the colors on a butterfly wing. It all flows together beautifully for me. Aside from a few of the solid-color looks, all I see is gorgeous 1920’s realness.

    • guest2visits

      I don’t hate it! Especially not after reading your description! I like the colors and the prints, but I find most of the clothing too deconstructed, too sheer – a couple do catch my eye though.

      • demidaemon

        I’m going to go with the period geek oversight explanation. Because most of this is completely unwearable as is without breaking public nudity laws in most states and is nearly impossible to translate to RTW unless the plan is high-fashion beach wear or the RTW version will be completely and utterly unrelated to this mess of sheer.

  • MissusBee

    I was going to say ‘Zuul: The Vegas Years’, but actually that sounds awesome. I want to see THAT collection.

  • valerie747

    That reflective floor was a really bad choice. It makes the show look messy, chaotic and too psychedelic. it’s difficult to really get a good look at the work when the flooring commands attention.

  • oyeyemi808

    I love Joan Smalls !

  • MissAmynae

    I would wax poetic on the tacky and fug of this collection, but I’m too distracted by the thoughts of what an utter NIGHTMARE this runway was for the photographers.

  • VicD


  • rage_on_the_page

    Le sigh. I miss Spring 2012 Gucci.

  • marlie

    I looooove the prints. The garments themselves are almost all really just lingerie, but the prints are lovely.

  • demidaemon

    Maybe this is fashions’ version of purging out all the sheer in one big vomit on the runway and we’ll see it very minimally next season.

    HAHAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAA! Yeah, right. Prepare for nips slips, granny pantys, and peek-a-chu shots for at least three more years. My eyes are already bleeding in anticipation.

  • Derek_anny

    After that first black kimono-esque look, I can’t help but hear
    “Blah blah blah feminist
    Blah blah blah gender shit
    Blah blah blah OMG NIPPLE!”

    But I like the Art Nuveau.