All the Gucci accessories we love and how to wear them
From the new Sylvie bags to the now iconic GG Marmont and much-adored Elaisa pumps, in collaboration with Gucci, we take a closer look at how it's the little things that make the grandest statements
by Jolene Khor
Try as we might, we were unable to track down the origin of the term, "Gucci Girl". It's been widely used within the industry to describe Alessandro Michele's wildly spirited and fashionably unhinged babe of the century. Apt as it is, frankly, it's not a moniker we're particularly keen on. As far as we are concerned, the Gucci Girl is hardly a girl; make no mistake, she is a goddess.
Take the spring/summer 2017 collection for instance. Who else but a fashion deity could pull off the phantasmagoric combination of a heavily embroidered Elizabethan chemise, laser cut skirt and oriental platform flats on the regular? And what about that blouson with giant Chinese button knots and even larger crystal danglers? Positively magical.
Our love for all things Gucci is eternal but let's get real for a minute. Look after look of geek chic can be a tad consuming for some of us. Sure, polka dots and pyjama separates have a solid bounce rate in anyone's wardrobe (ours are on a weekly rotation), but Gucci's real superstars, the gems, are much smaller in scale.
Direct your eyes to this season's hottest shoes and bags. The decorative treatments that have become synonymous with the house are all present and accounted for, both with new models and reimagined classics. The mix of motifs, materials and graphics is ever eclectic.
See: Gucci's Broche bag. It has Swarovski crystals or pearls for eyes and wears a shiny fox head top and centre; the top handle version complete with the bamboo handle referencing a historical feature for the house. It's not a Gucci piece without a play of contrasts — Broche's anchoring lobsters and helm French wire embroidered patches cement its cult status.
From top to bottom: GG Marmont bag, Broche bag, Sylvie bag
Speaking of cult sensations, the GG Marmont, which needs no introduction, has been reincarnated into a large briefcase (handy!) with quilted leather with trompe l'oeil and a medium-sized shoulder bag in stunning quilted jacquard brocade.
Also, back with a bang is the Sylvie top handle. The new range comes in a surprise jacquard brocade in acid hues with a rainbow of flora. Our favourite? Her mini cousin in smooth white leather and an adorable torchon shoulder strap in red, blue and white.
Southward, Gucci's Elaisa takes reign. This is a far cry from your basic leather pump. Her bow ornament is detachable, giving its wearer the versatility of both day and night looks. Available in two heel heights, the collection features a black leather version with a white pearl bow and a white leather version with a fume crystal bow. Elaisa is to royalty what Vegas is to rock stars. Trust the latter footwear to live up to its name. The Elton-esque embellished heel and sky-high platforms are the next step in the evolution of the moccasins which first made its appearance in cruise 2017.
GG Marmont shoulder bag in trompe l'oeil printed leather
GG Marmont floral jacquard shoulder bag in red
GG Marmont floral jacquard shoulder bag in green
GG Marmont Trompe l’oeil shoulder bag
Vegas Horsebit loafers in gold metallic leather
Vegas Horsebit loafers in black leather
Broche GG Supreme mini bag
Broche GG Supreme top handle bag
Broche shoulder bag in leather
Broche glossy leather top handle bag
Sylvie mini bag in light blue leather
Sylvie mini bag in black leather
Sylvie mini bag in hibiscus red leather
Sylvie mini bag in white leather
Elaisa pump in white magnolia leather with detachable crystal bow
Studded Vegas Horsebit loafers in black leather
Sylvie mini bag in multicoloured brocade
Sylvie mini bag in multicoloured brocade
Sylvie mini bag in green floral jacquard
Elaisa pump in black leather with detachable pearl bow
To the uninitiated, welding Gucci's spring/summer 2017 hits into your everyday fashion smorgasbord can be like pulling a cat out of a hat. For us mere mortals, turn to street style gurus that are Gia Coppola, Tavi Gevinson and Petra Collins for guidance.
Gia Coppola’s get-up is a fine example of how even the most outrageous of Gucci carriers can be mixed with fellow statement pieces.
Dear minimalists, here’s one for you. The little black dress on Tavi Gevinson is the ideal canvas for her baby blue Sylvie. Now that’s the way to give your investment maximum airtime.
Petra Collins perfectly embodies the unofficial Gucci mantra: More is more. But she thought right by taking her high-octane styling down a notch with the quiet yet sophisticated mini Sylvie.
Gucci spring/summer 2017 is available in stores. This story is sponsored by Gucci.