Dark emerald silk organza and georgette satin dress, Gucci ($12,500)

Among venerable fashion houses, you can’t beat a history richer than that of Gucci from its founding by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921 to its heyday as the go-to label for 1960s and ’70s jet-setters, from the white-hot Tom Ford years of the ’90s to the murder of one of its heirs, Maurizio Gucci, by a hit man in that same decade.

As Gucci celebrates its 90th anniversary this year—an event commemorated with everything from limited-edition handbags to a custom-designed Riva yacht—perhaps nothing is more thrilling than the notion that current creative director Frida Giannini is at the top of her game, crafting collections that offer up effortless modernity while never losing sight of the brand’s DNA. Her Spring/ Summer 2011 collection, seen here, was not only a luscious mix of color and texture, but also made you wonder: What might the next 90 years bring? Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.

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