Look: we all love a classic accessory. A Chanel quilted flap bag. A Louboutin Pigalle stiletto. A Gucci loafer. But at some point, doesn’t all of this impeccable good taste get a little… safe? Even dull? Come on. You’re neither of those things, live a little. Inject a bit of fun into proceedings. And by fun, we mean eschewing a sleek black bag in favour of one that is: colourful, snakeskin, embellished, patchworked, brocade, bejewelled and appliquéd. Quite possibly all at once. “That sounds too much!” you cry. Ah, but these are the shoes and bags of Gucci AW17, and when created by the mind of Alessandro Michele somehow they’re just right.
If you’re still wanting to cling on to your classics, let us convince you otherwise. For starters, you don’t need to make as much effort with the rest of your outfit. Of course, you can go full Gucci and team an outré bag covered with insects with a floral jacquard skirt, tweed jacket and something rainbow. Power to you. But if that feels a bit much for a regular Thursday, even the most understated looks – say jeans and a white shirt – become altogether more cool-girl with the addition of a piece of bonkers Gucci to carry your daily essentials in. There’s also something ageless about a top handle bag with a jewelled tiger clasp. Worn with Re/Done denim and a Coco Capitán X Gucci tee by Generation Z, or with a heritage check jacket and slouchy tailored trousers by a baby boomer, it adds kooky polish that transcends generations. So, really, these are future heirlooms – cost per wear looking pretty good right now. Python luggage? Easy to spot at the airport. Colour pop flap bags? Instant outfit personality.
"these are future heirlooms – cost per wear looking pretty good right now."
But don’t let this new found love of statement accessories stop at your handbag. The shoes from the AW17 collection are worth ignoring your black Princetowns for (well, for a little while at least). Jewelled python boots will become your denim’s new BFF, embellished ankle strap shoes will be your new ballet pump – now with added quirky coquettishness – while multi-buckle flats are the way edgy girls can buy into the new Gucci. Wear with jeans, heritage-check tailoring or retro midi dresses to upgrade your wardrobe with some new season maximalism, Gucci style. Got the bold accessories bug? You’re in for a treat… Gucci showed huge straw hats, 1970s-style tennis sweatbands, sunglasses befitting of Grace Jones, granny-chic headscarves and pouches on wrist bands and belts. Phew.
Still feeling like cracking out the classic black court shoes? Thought not. It’s time to get your Gucci power up accessory to supercharge your AW17 look.