#MFW: Gucci's Fall/Winter 2013 Runway & BAGS Review
22 February 2013

#MFW: Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2013 Runway & BAGS Review

This was the second season in a row that Bag Addicts Anonymous secured the rights to livestream Gucci’s runway show direct from Milan Fashion Week. And if you missed the livestream, you can still watch the on-demand video of the FULL runway show here.

For Fall/Winter 2013, the look Frida Giannini was going for was “Dangerous Femininity”. Giannini worked with a darker and more sombre colour palette with lots of blacks with pops of blue, burnt orange, and mustard. Prints came in the form of chrysanthemum like floral details, oversized houndstooth (which looked like they’ve been digitally enhanced), and tartan, which sometimes were paired together. The silhouettes were either body hugging and catsuit-like (thanks to that tight turtleneck that seem bonded to the body), except the skirt version. And then came the evening looks with lots of peacock details that were put together using a combination of pailettes, feathers, sequins and silk. Peacocks were everywhere, whether on the evening dresses with the fishnet-esque mesh bodices, the pencil skirts and even the pants. A peacock explosion indeed. What I didn’t get, though, was the black lace-up ankle oxford booties and the fur, which sometimes, ended up looking a tad too Chewbacca like.

But now, on to the bags!

The Verdict: The bags were almost all made up of exotic skins, but that wasn’t surprising because it’s usually the case for Gucci’s Runway pieces. Bags were stiff and structured, and mainly of the top handle variety. The bag of the Fall/Winter 2013 season is the top handle bag that came with a bamboo handle, which looked like a reincarnation of, or rather, the sister of the iconic New Bamboo, where the turnlock had been replaced with a pushlock flip open clasp, and the handles were also dyed the same colour as the bag instead of leaving it in its natural bamboo state. The smaller top handle bags convert easily into clutches for evening – all you have to do is to push the top handle downwards and you’ll be rid of the handle ;D.  However, the bags were too stiff and mature for my liking, though I really wouldn’t mind the clutch in regular calfskin instead of the exotic skinned version.