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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


This is gorgeous...


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


[Images via AP]