Among the myriad of ready-to-wear looks and accessories at Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2020 runway presentations for mens and womens, one bag stole the limelight. This season, the Jackie hobo bag has captivated creative director Alessandro Michele.
His take broke new ground with a modern non-binary attitude in a shrunken size. Styled on both men and women in diverse looks that spanned from tailoring to grunge, The Jackie 1961 is updated with the versatility of a longer, removable shoulder strap, which gives it a refreshing new character. His streamlined redesign highlights the rich leather – available in black and red as well as GG Supreme canvas with Web stripe – as well as the piston closure.
Along with the hobo’s elegant curves, the distinctive gold-tone hardware made Gucci synonymous with the jetsetter lifestyle circa the ‘60s and ‘70s. So often shot with Jackie Kennedy that it gained its famous moniker from the American style icon. It remains a key member in the brand’s family of bags all these years, a testimony of its enduring allure. In fact, Michele had sourced a vintage Jackie from his personal archive for his reimagining of the icon that he offers in three different sizes. The latest incarnation includes small and mini, which are dressed in an extended palette that includes neutral-coloured python as well as candy pastel hues such as lilac and butter yellow.
Today, the Jackie 1961 joins Dionysus, the Marmont and the Horsebit 1955 as a Beloved Line of the Florentine house.
(All images: Gucci)