Monday, 17 March 2008
The Material Boy #40
Gucci Green Leather Duffle
Many people thought Frida Giannini's designs for Gucci were unimaginative and predictable, drawing references from the past eras all the time. There were no freshness in her collections. But I have to say, she does produce some of the best looking and wearable collections to date. Especially for menswear. I love her runway designs (not the basic stuff with huge Gucci logos or monogram bags!). She may not be revolutionary in her designs, but hey, think about it, not everyone is born with a supermodel figure or face to carry off runway looks. We do need practical wearable clothing for real people. So Gucci equates looks for real guys:-)
For spring summer 2008, she came up with a series of nonchalant, biker style looks, inspired by Steve Mcqueen and other lookalikes. I love the skinny checkered pants with ankle straps, skinny neon coloured jeans and the studded polo tee. However, Gucci Singapore is not bold enough to bring in the more unique runway pieces. All the pieces I like, especially the pants were not available. I will most likely have to go to Hong Kong in June to try my luck.
This green leather duffle is a good example of an item most unlikely to reach Singapore shores. The neon green colour(the 'trend' colour which I have been seeing all over the place for the season) is loud and bold, which most Gucci customers in Singapore will frown upon. But for me, I thought it looked fabulous! See how it adds a splash of 'attitude' on the runway model.(BTW, he has the checkered pants I want! If anyone spot that, let me know where)
Made of soft calf leather, with a Gucci web striped detail. A detachable soft shoulder strap and double handles allow for shoulder or hand carry. Comes in a variety of colour and materials - black leather with red web stripe(Euro $1390) or metal grommet(Euro $1795) detail and checkered fabric(Euro $895 or SGD $2000 in Gucci Paragon, Singapore ).
This bag is in the Gucci Paragon Store now! The green is neon green, very lovely. Leather is soft and light. Much nicer than in the pics:-)
Retail price: Euro $1290 or SGD $2940. Where to buy: Gucci Boutique at Paragon