Gucci has had a year of strong designs, but it still fails to hit the wow factor with many of its clothes. Frida Giannini has put together a year of tasteful, if somewhat uninspiring outfits, from her take on the floral dress in the spring, to boho tasseled boots this winter. The winning Gucci pieces from the start of the year for us here at RT have to be the impeccable cropped jackets and swing skirts that were put together. These were the highlights of a trend which many other designers messed around with. The peep-toe tie-up shoes also deserve a mention. But Giannini's designs somewhat fell flat as she debuted a much more boho-esque vibe to the runways in the autumn. As the rest of the fashion world plunged into gothic colours and traditional glamour, Gucci sent out clothes that have been seen so much recently, and not adding much new style. Nevertheless, Gucci has had a strong year, with some excellent clothes.
During the first months of 2008, Marc Jacobs was the first to reissue someof the old supermodels (Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer etc.) to his first ad campaign of the year. The level of excess was kept to a minimum, and the look was very chic indeed. Creative catwalk shows, with nurse-themed outfits and again, classic supermodels runwaying for LV, created a good buzz. However, Jacobs then retreated to the two colours which he seems to love, grey and brown. The result: a drab autumn and winter campaign again with Eva Herzigova with the only refreshing item in there being the sky-high heels, which didn't look great either.