A matter of Gucci: Jess Hart

It was clear from the moment it went down the Milan runway: Gucci’s fall 2011 collection came down to two gender-based themes. One model would strut in tailored wide leg trousers, a silk blouse and some brightly coloured outerwear that was perhaps snakeskin, perhaps fur, or even a pairing of both. A masculine fedora might sit firmly atop her head, never tipped too jauntily. Next might a model sashay out in a piece from the feminine part of the collection: the silk blouse now extending to the floor into a floating dress of vibrant colour, sometimes sheer, sometimes with a plunging neckline or high slit to really cement its sex appeal.

In a shoot for Elle Spain starring Australian Jess Hart, both the masculine-inspired and the feminine parts of Gucci’s collection are represented. Here, though, the 70s meets 40s tones are subdued under a wholly modern, effortless hairstyle.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011
Jess Hart: Elle Spain, August 2011

And that’s perhaps the best takeaway from the shoot; how to play down a collection like Gucci’s, with those earthy and rich tones, contrasting textures, and costume-like clash of eras, into an easy modern look.

To view the rest of Jess Hart in Elle Spain, click on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.