The temperatures are soaring here in Florence making for the perfect setting to show the Spring Summer 2013 Miss Grant and Grant Garçon collection. For the girls, sweat and jersey fabrics were unusually predominant this season although there was, of course, a large collection of tiered, ruffle chiffon style dresses teamed with Chanel-esque collarless jackets. The colour palette for this was mainly ice blue, with some peach and cream lace edged outfits.
Swimwear took on a nautical theme and was show in navy blue and white stripes. Long tunics, a popular silhouette throughout the collection, were teamed with striped leggings. Otherwise there was a definite seventies vibe, with graphic print glitter T-shirts edged with long fringing, handkerchief style silk tops and scarves worn as headbands. Turquoise and orange, a hot colour combination for boys summer 2012, appeared over lots of the girlswear for 2013. An outfit including orange shorts and a turquoise crochet shawl was a great example.
The shoes proved to be a real star of the show, with styles ranging from glittery hi-top trainers to sorbet coloured brogues. Other accessories included pom-pom detail necklaces and feather hair bands. Short shorts were also a key look, always denim and in either bright colours or blue denim with diamante trim. A popular shape was a top with a hemline that rose at the front and dipped at the back – a similar style of which has been seen in womenswear skirts for summer 2012.
The fifties were referenced with the inclusion of black and white gingham and green and white gingham. Oversized bows had been made in the fabric and worn on tops, in hair and on the back of frothy skirts. We were instantly transported to an American diner, milkshake in hand, by the appearance of sorbet pastel colours over cropped jeans and ribbons tied on ponytails. Mint green was popular over dresses and leggings for another summer season.
As seen at Bubble London, the colour palette for summer 2013 is either sorbet pastel or neon bright. And one of the collections at Miss Grant is certainly bright. Neon pink, orange and green were over everything from star print leggings to cropped tutus and were styled with pink feather boas. For those less adventurous, there are belts, which would add a neon pop to any outfit.
Grant Garcon, now showing for the third season, showed seersucker fabric in chalky blue and white pinstripe over shorts and blazer combinations. White, blue and pastel colours were popular in the collection and avoided the neon look that was popular in the girlswear. Silk-backed waistcoats and shorts were also seen throughout the boys’ collection. Our favourite look was a cityscape graphic print T-shirt, pastel yellow trousers and a black and white houndstooth jacket.
The show concluded with a model sashaying down the runway with a bottle of perfume in hand, follwed by a troupe of girls in white T-shirts with big glitzy red heart print and denim shorts.. Spritzing the scent, Eau d’Ete, the room was filled with a sweet smell. The perfume, Miss Grant’s second fragrance, will be pastel green in colour and sold in a glittering crystal bottle – proving that the Italian label, although having shown a more casual collection than usual, is still as glam as ever.
Photography courtesy of Pitti Bimbo