From our front row seat during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, we were in awe of the edgy Art Nouveau revamp of the classic and iconic Gucci Bamboo bag.
Like so many other creatives, Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini took her inspiration and passion from the world famous Art Nouveau artist Erté, an extraordinarily gifted genius who was a Master of Stage, Fashion, and Art Deco Design. It’s no wonder that Giannini finds Erté’s work inspiring because of his artistic style and elegance that transports one to another era filled with opulence and refinement.
Giannini has added a sexy taste of bohemian luxury combined with a retro fashion flair to the classic Bamboo bag that features lavish amounts of ox blood python leather fringe.
A Fascinating Look at The History of the Bamboo Bag
During Italy’s fascist regime, supplies were extremely difficult to obtain, but Gucci did not view that as an obstacle. Instead, he turned to exploring unusual materials that included jute, linen and hemp. One of his most famous creations that has stood the test of time resulted from the creation of a patina on a cane for the handle of his new Bamboo Bag. The equestrian inspiration for the bag’s curved shape was based on the contours of a riding saddle. Today, the Bamboo handle is a time honored signature Gucci motif.
Creative director Frida Giannini includes touches of bohemian styles to Gucci’s opulent signature designs that include soft shoppers with handles crafted from hard bamboo. For the upcoming Spring 2014 Season, Giannini’s bohemian design tendency is quite apparent in the new handbag collection that conveys much more of a 70s feel.
An ongoing tradition in Gucci’s fashion legacy featuring handcrafted Bamboo accessories:
* The sleek Bamboo Light Shopper Tote in blue, black, or deep dark red leather. It sports light fine gold hardware, a lining of natural cotton linen along with an embossed gold Gucci trademark.
* An exotic Jaguar printed Bamboo Shopper Tote in black and gold animalier jaguar printed leather with light fine gold hardware and a natural cotton linen lining. Your choice in black or deep dark red.
And then we have the exquisite 50’s inspired handbag known as the Lady Lock top handle bag with its beautiful lock closure, a stunning detail reintroduced from the Gucci archives. Other 50’s accents include the bamboo handle with a 4″ drop and rich cappuccino hard cover. Available in moss python, a luscious Bordeaux suede lining, and rhodium hardware.
Given Giannini’s extensive and accomplished accessories background, it’s not surprising that she has designed stunning Gucci handbags in vibrant skins with the added drama of long and flirty fringe. The collection also includes a stylish and very feminine ox blood leather top handle Gucci tote that can best be described as understated elegance. This tote features subtle equestrian details derived from Gucci’s equestrian history. Giannini is committed to designing from Gucci’s heritage using the inspiration from the past and incorporating into the future.
The Backpack for “Big Boys and Girls”
The amazing evolution of the functional backpack has surprisingly resulted in a major fashion forward statement that has been transformed to attract an entirely new customer base. Designers, including Gucci, have created upscale backpacks in leather and calf hair for both men and women. If, by chance, you’re wondering about pricing, let’s try $2,000 plus as a good start. It’s a collection you won’t be able to resist.