Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

Frida Giannini, Gucci's creative director, described the Spring collection as being for "modern amazons; an intellectual tribe of exotic women, seen through an urban lens." What this translates to, apparently, is "tribal" detailing, equestrian styles, and lots of color.

Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

The amount of handwork on these evening pieces was truly over-the-top.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

The women of this "exotic, urban tribe" are apparently quite high-concept.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

And girded for battle! Although these trousers are a gorgeous take on the shape.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

And either not interested in walking or rather too interested in the upcoming Mr. Popper's Penguins.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

The inticate work, paired with rich jewel-tones, was at times really spectacular.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

This is one Bird of Paradise more suited to captivity than the real world.


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

This is gorgeous...


Gucci's "Intellectual" "Exotic" "Tribe" MentalityS

...but it's the back view that makes it!


[Images via AP]