Frida Giannini

Frida Giannini

Frida Giannini was born in Rome Italy in 1972.  She is an Italian fashion designer and currently the Creative Director of the Italian fashion house Gucci.  She study fashion design in Rome Fashion Academy.  In 1997, she worked for Fendi to design ready-to-wear. After three seasons, she was promoted to designer of leather goods. In 2002, she joined Gucci as design director of handbags.

In 2004, Giannini was appointed to head women’s accessories when Tom Ford departed the company. At the time, Gucci stores focused its inventory on the “GG” monogram canvas bag. Gianni attempted to change Gucci’s style from Tom Ford’s designs by drawing from Gucci’s heritage. Based on the 1960s Grace Kelly scarf, she developed the “Flora” collection of colorful bags. The collection was not well received by critics. In 2006, Women’s Wear Daily commented: “Trends do not start here.” However, Flora proved to be Gianni’s first commercial success and she applied the style to other accessories including ballet shoes.

In 2006, Giannini was promoted to Creative Director for the entire Gucci label.

Giannini continues to design from heritage. For example, the 2010 Winter Men’s line was noted for influences from Gucci’s equestrian history. However, Giannini says, “I don’t think it is a nostalgic collection, but heritage is good for me — going back to the archives, but looking forward to the future.  Gucci’s president and chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco revealed that Gucci is set to launch a children’s line in June 2010. The line will initially be unveiled in Italy and to 40 stores around the world. Frida Giannini serves as the creative director of the line. Giannini has been applauded on her fresh, feminine take on contemporary fashion.

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