Frida Giannini was inspired by the early-twentieth-century Art Deco era for the Gucci Spring 2012 collection, which kicked off Milan Fashion Week yesterday afternoon.

Drop-waist shift dresses were the key indicator of the 20s inspiration. The Art Deco lines could be seen via the blazers paired with silk blouses and tapered pants.

After seeing so many pastels and floral prints, this collection sticks to its sleek formula by presenting looks on a colour palette of gold, black and white with pops of green.

This collection also served up colour-block looks, cut-out swimsuits and animal prints, but the real treats for me were the last few dresses which swished down the runway with their beaded and fringed details.

The collection was perfectly dubbed ‘Boyish meets Girlish.’ I loved the mix of feminine and androgynous looks. I can see Diane Kruger wearing several pieces in that respect.

Key accessories included T-bar ankle strap heels, rectangular clutches with enamel tiger heads, python shoulder bags with gold chains and gold tassel details, flat sandals, rigid bracelets and trophy rings, jewel belts with buckles that resemble crystal brooches plus chic sunglasses.

Pat Mcgrath created a jet-black rimmed eye using Max Factor’s black kohl pencil and Max Factor cream shadow Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow in Onyx Smoke. The eyebrows were bleached and the lips were nude.

The John Frieda team pulled back the models’ hair into two voluminous, tucked-back ponytails. The finishing touch was a black streak applied to blonde hair and a gold streak applied to black or brunette hair.

Front Row: John Legend with girlfriend Christy Teigen and Yang Mi

Favourites: Fringed drop-waist dress and strapless drop-waist dress with fringed bodice

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton, Eva Rachel Wood, Ana De La Reguera, Bonnie Wright, Leighton Meester, Rachel Weisz, Eva Mendes, Liv Tyler, Camilla Belle, Zoe Saldana, Tilda Swinton, Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett, Emmy Rossum, Kelly Rowland and Maggie Gyllenhaal