From the Ring to the Runway…..

A Modernized Equestrian Theme by Salvatore Ferragamo…

Gladiator inspiration meets Equestrian themes in Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

By: Yolanda Di Mambro

157A woman with the free spirit of a gaucho. That’s how Ferragamo announced its Womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2013. “The modernity and style of her clothing display the duality of her personality; rigorous yet soft. The force of modernity is constructed upon a legacy of great tradition. Reinterpreting the concept of exclusive craftsmanship, in the world of Salvatore Ferragamo.”

The combination of this sartorial rigor and highly refined femininity expresses freedom, by virtue of contrast: ultra-lightweight, three-dimensional lace dresses, embroidered leather pieces, summer boots with seductive weaving effects. The colors are sophisticated: from linen to champagne, clay to luna, ash to dorato – interspersed with the unexpected dash of khaki. Graphic touches of black ensure continuity between them.

In-house designer Massimiliano Giornetti might be the hipper Italian answer to Hermès. The new collection reflects Ferragamo’s expertise in leather goods via a modernized equestrian theme. Elegant ivory-colored leather coats, black suede and leather trenches, neatly tailored redingote jackets, short wrapped skirts, and a variety of skinny brocade pants.

Gucci releases select pieces just before Gucci Masters Horse show set to take place in Paris…

The world of fashion has seen many collections nod to the traditional cut and style of equestrianism. However, Gucci has created a collection that gives the traditional classicism of equestrian attire a contemporary twist – by designing pieces that are to be worn in the saddle.

Transcending the timeless elegance of equestrian sport, Gucci have designed an esteemed capsule collection that provides comfort and style through their multifunctional pieces. Using technical fabrics and designs, wearers can remain at the forefront of equestrian style while enjoying the functionality and luxury of their carefully considered designs. Gucci’s Creative Director, Frida Gianni has remained true to her love of the sport.

Of equestrianism she states, “Equestrian clothes are perfect; streamlined, functional and elegant.” It is these values that Gucci have sewn into their garments with streamlined cuts, functional fabrics and elegant designs. The fifteen-piece collection includes riding jackets, breeches, competition shirts and polo tees. Never before has a Gucci collection been more befitting to their renowned logo of the equestrian bit alongside trademark green and red stripes.

Gucci’s collection combines contemporary technical fabrics that include: techno wool, tricotine bistretch, soft nylon down feather and felted jersey, allowing riders a superior level of comfort and movement in the saddle.

In 1906, the beginnings of Gucci began in a saddlery shop, and their equestrian heritage is intertwined into every piece. The ever-present horse bit, to the green and red stripe that was firt seen on a horse’s girth, to the continual emergence of the riding-themed winter boot. Gucci continue to pay homage to their equestrian roots.

And why not? Horses convey power and strength and command the acknowledgement of their grace and beauty. Several leading brands such as Hermes and Chanel regularly reference the world of equestrian sport and style, it has most notably formed the basis of the iconic branding of Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show

New York Fashion Week NYFW

A mini-trend on the catwalk making maximum-impact off the catwalk, equestrian-chic is a firm favourite in our English style make-up. From Tommy Hilfiger to Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci, designers were channelling a spectrum of equine styles for A/W 12. Whether rich, gothic riding-velvets and luxe leathers or playful tweets and classic bridle prints, click through to find your way to wear, and live the trends in your home with Wedgwood.

The Saddle-inspired bag; As suppliers of the official kit for the French Olympic equestrian team, Hermès know a thing or two about riding style: case in point, this saddle-shaped leather satchel with glossy gold hardware. The Houndstooth Blazer; Seen at Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu and Henry Holland amongst others, houndstooth combines two of A/W 12’s hottest trends – graphic print and country cloth. Saddle up for the season and invest in a luxe wool blazer by French designer Julien David – we love. The Dressage shirt; Tap into the equestrian trend in a pie-crust collared silk blouse. Complete with pretty pleating, ruffled paneling and button-up cuffs this Victoriana-inspired shirt is taking first place in dressage style and would look as chic with a pencil skirt and heels as it would with jodphurs.

The Bridle bracelet; Since its humble beginnings in 1921, Gucci have assimilated themselves with all things equine, kick-starting their design legacy with a collection of saddle-stitched bags. Soon after, the iconic horse-bit hardware has adorned everything from loafers to bracelets; we love this special edition trinket created to commemorate 90 years of iconic style. The Racing Green knit; For a contemporary take on classic country chic, count on Burberry for acres of style in this forest green hand-spun, chunky cashmere knit. Style up with a graphic print t-shirt and statement jewellery for a modern foray into ready-to-wear rustication. The Riding Boot; Finish off your look with these rich, rust-hued boots. Perfect for transitioning into the new season we will be wearing ours with traditional tweed and statement jewellery for louche-lux weekend brunches in the autumnal sun.

Black Caviar on the cover of Vogue

Unbeaten racehorse Black Caviar has hit newsstands in Australia — as the cover model of Vogue’s December issue. Usually the domain of supermodels and actresses, this is the first time in Vogue Australia’s 53-year history that a horse has starred on the magazine’s cover. Black Caviar, or Nelly as she’s known at home, has won 22 races in a row. She was photographed by Benny Horne for the cover alongside Australian model Julia Nobis. And due to the massive interest in the mare, the magazine has even been forced to bring its on sale date forward — to 2 November, the eve of Derby Day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia. The feature inside has an interview with the mare’s trainer Peter Moody and her owners, as well as more photos of Nelly. In her editor’s letter in the magazine, Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann writes: “Black Caviar certainly knows when the lens is focused on her, and it’s terrific to celebrate her beauty, rather than just her speed.” Black Caviar was last seen on the racetrack when she ran, and won, in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Gucci Equestrian Collection

Gucci has a long heritage informed and inspired by the equestrian world. Carrying forward this athletic glamor, Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci and a talented equestrian herself, evolved the exclusive wardrobe she created exclusively for Edwina Alexander  (World’s current #2 female rider) and 26 year old royal Charlotte Casirgahi (a passionate Amateur feature to the international circuit and grand-daughter of Grace Kelly) into a 15-piece capsule equestrian collection.

The distinctive symbols of the House: the Gucci Crest, the horse-bit and the green-red-green webbing stripe define the collection.

Giannini created a multifunctional wardrobe: riding jackets and pants, shirts and polo tees, meant to be layered and worn interchangeably because unlike the U.S. circuit, the European circuit has competitions indoors throughout the winter months. Riders may be competing indoor one weekend and then outdoors the next, through out the year. Completing the outfits, are accessories mirroring the House’s values of modern equestrian design: the riding boot in plain leather is embellished with the Gucci crest detail, a black velvet covered riding cap, leather jumping bat, black nappa gloves and a silk foulard illustrated with whip motifs. For the horse, a new saddle has been handcrafted in black Guccissima leather, true to the core inspiration of the collection.

The collection shows off a traditional velvet helmet as well as classically adorned riding jackets with the Gucci emblem. The famed Italian fashion house brings a bit of old-school style to the 21st century international ring. A ring, where highly modern styles have been building popularity. It seems that after 20 years away from the equestrian world, Gucci stands out from the crowd; representing the classic and highly chic choice.

Charlotte Casiraghi, the striking granddaughter of Princess Grace of Monaco offers the perfect muse for Frida, with a simple and elegant style, the uniform offered her both style and practicality for the 2011 Global Champions tour circuit.

“I loved riding in the collection that Frida designed for me, and I love this new wardrobe even more,” Casiraghi remarked. “It’s the best of sport and style.”

The collection; in navy, red and white, features a rosette motif from Gucci’s archives, inscribed with Charlotte’s initials, which appears on the Blazers, Polos, Buttons, Saddle pads, Rugs, Fly hats, and blankets, as well as on a one-of-a-kind brooch.

“Charlotte and her passion for show-jumping bring the spirit of Gucci to life so elegantly,” says Frida Giannini. “Our collaboration on the design of this new wardrobe was once again guided by the need for items to be both technically correct and stylish. The creativity and research behind this new wardrobe are a testament to the Gucci legacy of tradition and innovation.”

As if our world wasn’t already chic enough, our sport welcomed Gucci back into the arena after a 20-year hiatus. With the sponsorship of the Gucci Paris Masters now in Paris which started in December 2009, the Italian house has chosen well to collaborate with young royal beauty Charlotte Casiraghi as well as French rider Kevin Staut and Edwina Tops-Alexander.

Keep the style coming guys! We love it!

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