Winter has only recently descended upon us and there’s hardly been enough time to break out our chunky sweaters however with the holidays in full swing, now is the time to plan a warm weather getaway. Fortunately for the Washington metropolitan area, Gucci has come to our rescue with a full fashion selection as we make our escape away from the winter doldrums.

Gucci’s 2015 Resort Collection is now available in both Washington area locations. Gone are the sleek black looks that dominated the Fall/Winter collection. In its place is a mixture of nautical, preppy and city chic looks that work quite well together.

Horizontal striped wool and cotton sweaters with a boxy cut look great worn alone or under lightweight gabardine peacoats. These thick striped sweaters are a nod to the nautical look but presented in bolder colors. Cranberry dominates the color palette, which is a lighter extension of the oxblood shade shown in the Fall/Winter collection.

For a more traditional look there are also thinner navy and white striped sweaters as well as all navy boatneck versions. These along with the double breasted navy blazer and lightweight grey jacket will be nice accompaniments to the pieces in the upcoming Spring/Summer collection coming out next.

A favorite among Washingtonians is the preppy look and here Gucci does not disappoint. Gucci’s corduroy blazer with crest is right in line with the city’s aesthetic and is destined to become a DC standard. Instead of the tried and true khaki slacks pair this jacket with the stretch gabardine riding sport pants for the prepster look.

One standout for resort is the light blue motorcycle jacket. The stunning color and fantastic zipper detail makes the jacket a winner and will keep the wearer warm and looking sharp when engaging in such exploits as exploring a city tooling around on a Vespa.

Also of note is the floral print used in several pieces through the collection which makes a statement as either a dress shirt or as a pair of slacks. Creative director Frida Giannini commissioned artist Kris Knight to re-envision the classic Gucci print, Flora. Knight’s floral print is much darker but no less intriguing. “My paintings often tiptoe between dichotomies, so I wanted to create a Flora design that had elements of beauty, strength and desire, but also infuses a subtext of darkness and enchantment,” said Knight.

The Gucci collection can be found in its stores in Chevy Chase and Tysons Galleria.

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