Amongst the statues of divinity and authentic figures of ancient Rome, Cruise 2020 by Gucci was shown in the Capitoline Museums, galvanised by the values and idealism of Greek art. The acclaimed brand has always been known for its quirkiness, eloquence and bold pieces. This time around, the house proves to be no different.
Under the advice of historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann, creative director Alessandro Michele releases a collection that celebrates freedom, self-expression and liberation. A triumph in its own rights, the collection is inspired by the neoclassical philosophy of “intentionally imitating an antique example.” The accessories showcased are revised versions of the classics. They exhibit the identical lines and forms of their archetypes and at the same time, still capture the essence of reformation and modernity.
THE CLASSIC ATTACHÉ, REBORN
The Creative Director analysed the House’s archive piece from a new perspective, creating an enhanced version of the product – a fusion of originality and innovation. The Gucci 1955 Horsebit Bag pays homage to the House’s affiliation with the world of equestrian. The design features the equestrian-inspired code from the House comprised of a double ring and bar, whilst encompassing certain details that set the design apart from others.
The Gucci 1955 Horsebit Bag has a sophisticated internal organisation that assists with efficient organisation of belongings. Additionally, the bag’s mechanism helps to adjust the length of the shoulder strap. This way, it can be carried in two ways – on one shoulder, or across the body. Featuring a half Horsebit on the side, the bag’s semi-rigid body and flap closure give the bag a steady touch. The bag is offered in GG supreme with a cuir or red trim, as well as a special blue version for those who love eye- catching accessories. For those in favour of more minimal accessories, the bag also comes in plain leather in basic colours.
The Gucci 1955 Horsebit Bag also comes as a bucket bag, fashionable and distinct in its construction whereby its petite but roomy structure allows various essentials to be stored, making it suitable for daily use. The bag is constructed with a semi-rigid circular base complete with a soft leather top and drawstring closure.
Cruise 2020 brought along a brand new shape, a soft messenger bag. Characterised by the ‘50s Horsebit hardware, the features and colour palette of this model give it a vintage spirit, and has a large capacity and softness which increase its functionality. The bag’s drawstring leather laces and internal magnets are fashionable and practical. For those who prefer a more extravagant and luxurious look and feel, this collection also presents the shoulder and bucket bag styles in exotic skins; namely elaphe, ostrich and crocodile.
Included in this collection is a renewed look for another one of Gucci’s archival pieces, the Sylvie 1969 bag. Although it resembles its original blueprint, the new collection presents itself with a more distinct, narrow, gold-toned metal chain hardware suited to the flap and frame of the bag. The classic design is reconfigured in different contemporary shapes, a top handle and a shoulder bag with an adjustable strap. Crafted in shiny, textured leather and a new colour palette, the Sylvie 1969 is a bag that caters to all.
The neutral, earthy colours are muted; its versatility making it adaptable to an array of outfits. The clean silhouette of the bag makes it the perfect accessory to pair with an urban look. The Sylvie 1969s contemporary “satchel” construction and leather lining with two internal compartments make it highly functional, not to mention the compartments have a luxurious look as one is a zippered pocket and the other an open pocket on the rear panel.
Completing the new line is an elegant shoulder bag with a leather strap that can be easily carried on one shoulder or across the body. The colour palette offered comes in many shades of lizard and crocodile, elegant and classic. One top handle style has even been specially developed in crocodile, giving it even more of an exotic touch.
Gucci has also created a rare model in patent leather which features a rigid construction and detachable chain shoulder strap with Marine chain details. These bags come in two sizes, mini and small, proving that they can be used in various occasions and styled differently. The additional touch of gender- fluidity make these bags even more worthwhile.
This story first appeared in Prestige Malaysia February 2020 issue