Gucci's darkly romantic autumn winter show was so evocative of rich influences of bohemia, Pre-Raphaelite goddesses and equestrian glamour that you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd walked on to the set for a midnight forest scene on Harry Potter. Except with plenty of sex.

A dark-as-night set, black velvet, jacquard and brocade wrapped tightly around the body with flowing layers of transparent chiffon skirts and sleeves. Black capes shrouded models making them look like dark knights while pyjama style trousers suits added a louche look to contrast the bodice-ripping ones.

"This is modern-day romanticism" explained Creative Director Frida Giannini, "a dramatic sensuality, a dark glamour" she adds.

And of course we were treated to our rite of passage; the finale of stunning gowns. This time with a heavily beaded foliage that snaked over the body, covering the necessary parts (barely), and leaving the sheer chiffon to do its thing. Surely being shipped immediately to LA for the Academy Awards on sunday.  

 
 
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