Tomorrow is Now Yesterday. Gucci’s creative vision under Alessandro Michele brought us into another dimension – a world where beautiful creatures and lush flowers are beautifully intertwined into a garden that can only exist in his mind. A world where the past and future are one and the same. A world where more is more is more is the norm.
Intoxicatingly haunting, filled with an ethereal extravagance that only Gucci can pull off, the Fall-Winter 2017 collection featured 119 looks for men and women in this first-ever unified show for the Italian luxury house. And while the RTW featured an exotic mix of colours, styles, patterns and prints, it was the runway bags (oh yes, the bags) that I had my eyes firmly fixated on.
With the general idea that everything can be worn interchangeably whether you’re a girl or a boy, the bags echoed the exact same sentiments with the end result being an extensive myriad of styles that no self-respecting magpie would be able to resist. From bamboo top handles that end in an explosion of bag shapes (there’s the Broche, there were Sylvie lookalikes, there were even reinterpretations of the original Bamboo Classic), you’ll find the bags in a wide variety of colours, finishes and leathers.
Then there are the bags that stole the show for me, including the intensively decorated bumbags, featuring a good number of beetles, butterflies, lion heads and the now familiar GG Marmont crest. Always loved the idea of small bags but wish they had more space? Now you can, with the ‘stackables’, different mini bags that you can hook up in twos or threes for everything you wish to carry when you’re out and about. There’s the gorgeous mens briefcase messenger that features a winged tiger (and a stunning bamboo handle) and of course, the suitcase carry-on that must have surely come out of the archives.
And while it is still much too soon to predict which of these pieces will make it into actual production, there’s really no harm building that wish list of yours already just to get ahead.