Gucci Takes Inspiration From Archives For FW19 Accessories

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Gucci is often associated with an explosion of colours weaved together to create eclectic styles inspired by history, mythology and great artists. Creative Director Alessandro Michele is known for his well-loved idiosyncratic interpretations of Gucci’s archival designs since taking over the helm in 2015. For their Fall Winter 2019 collection, he draws inspiration from the ’60s and ’70s, once again displaying his flair for breathing modernity into pieces of the past. 

Amongst the myriad of accessories that made their way down the runway earlier this February, three pieces stand out — the Gucci Zumi, the Sylvie 1969 and the Ultrapace sneaker. Each embody the quintessential Michele style by being bold and bright, yet staying true to Gucci’s roots. The Creative Director delved deep into the brand’s nearly 100 year long history and reinvented the pieces to still be relevant and wearable for present day. 

We take a closer look at these pieces below.

Gucci Zumi

Perhaps the most defining feature of the Gucci Zumi bag line is the special piece of hardware that combines two of the most historical House motifs –the Interlocking G and Horsebit. This detail, which mixes gold and silver coloured metals, is taken from a rare piece in the Gucci archive. It’s sophisticated lines form different designs: a top handle, a mini and medium shoulder bag and a bucket shape.

This bag series is named after the experimental musician, Zumi Rosow, who is known for her unconventional, yet modern and free spirit. In contrast with Rosow’s eccentric style, the Gucci Zumi bag is structured, reliable and refined. It pairs exquisitely with any outfit and wouldn’t look out of the ordinary on the arm of the modern, working woman.

The Gucci Zumi bag is available in two finishes — leather and precious leather including python, and comes in medium and small sizes.

Left to right: Gucci Zumi medium top handle bag in blue smooth leather, dusty grey grainy leather and red/butter python

Sylvie 1969

The year is 1969. Neil Armstrong and his team of astronauts take their first small steps on the moon’s surface, marking a significant leap for mankind. Some 384,000 kilometres away on Earth, the first Gucci Sylvie bag was created, marking a new era of never-before-seen leather craftsmanship.

It’s boxy, rectangular shape exudes a ladylike sensitivity, an ode to the signature Gucci shape of the ’60s and ’70s. Five decades later, Michele presented the Sylvie 1969 at the Fall Winter 2019 show.

Michele was inspired by the Johann Winckelmann Neoclassicist art movement of intentionally imitating an antique example. The resulting bag resembles its blueprint — structured, with a detachable gold-toned Marina chain hardware fitted to the top of the bag, giving it a contemporary feel.

The Sylvie 1969 bag is transformed into a pop accessory through a series of shiny materials and vivid colours. It is available in soft patent leather (small and mini size) and plexiglas (mini size).

Left to right: Sylvie 1969 patent leather mini top handle bag in black, red, emerald green
Left to right: Sylvie 1969 plexiglas mini top handle bag in ivory, sage green, pink

Ultrapace Sneaker

Earlier this year, models walked the runway for Fall Winter 2019 at the Gucci Hub during Milan Fashion Week. While they strutted down the runway wearing platform shoes and stilettos, a much more sensible footwear hung pristinely from their hands. This was the introduction of the Ultrapace sneaker.

The introduction of the Ultrapace sneaker adds to the brand’s burgeoning collection of running sneakers. This new line of sneakers are chock-full of Gucci elements and plays with a mix of texture and colour. Notably, the sneakers are lightly distressed, contributing to its vintage spirit. It has a tricolour rubber outsole, terry cloth lining and a shoe body made up of different combinations of Tejus printed leather, suede, metallic leather and Lavaredo fabric. Different materials are in different colours — red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink and more, mimicking a patchwork appearance.

Diverse brand codes and logo details are applied to different parts of the shoe, augmenting the sense of a product forged in an authentic and personal way. Decorative elements include a vintage-style Gucci label attached to the tongue and an embroidered “GUCCI” and letter “G”. Even more Gucci logos and interlocking GG motifs on the shoe body and on its sole in different materials give the Ultrapace the appearance of having been assembled in an eclectic way, adding to its appeal as a shoe with distinctive character.

Top: Ultrapace sneaker tejus printed leather in rock (left) and grey (right)
Bottom: Ultrapace sneaker tejus printed leather in silver metallic (left) and pink (right)

The Gucci Zumi, Sylvie 1969 and Ultrapace are all available in Gucci stores islandwide now.