GUCCI FW2012 STIRRUP BAGS
Romance. Opulence. Drama. These are the key words which best describe Frida Giannini's FW2012 RTW Collection. And such a collection demands a series of bags that can complement it very well - ergo introducing the Stirrup FW 2012 Collection. Available in 2 variations - a more sophisticated range called the Lady Stirrup Line and a softer variation aka the Soft Stirrup Line. Both series are characterized by the brand's iconic spur ornament differentiated mainly by its structure and construction. The Lady Stirrup, which I must say is my favorite of the lot, is a more structured piece that balances perfectly well boldness, femininity and modernity. The design is highly functional and dare I say a perfect bag to use as a workbag or for travel. Celebs like Diane Kruger and Jennifer Connelly have been spotted lugging these babies around. It is available in 2 sizes [medium and large], as well as a range of plain and luxurious exotic leathers from calf, lamb and pony skin to shiny crocodile. There are also variations in opulent velvet printed all-over with the brand's classic Diamante print. Another, which is of note is a floral printed suede. Expect to pay a fortune for these pieces, ranging from SGD 3800 to SGD 47000 for the ones in exotic leather and it's mainly due to the fact that each piece is hand stitched by Gucci'smaster artisans to ensure high calibre pieces.
The Soft Stirrup on the one side exudes a softer glamour, for a more casual lady-like look. Loving how stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe has paired it with a billowing dress for a day out. Much like it's glamorous sister, it's also available in a myriad of leather options though it is more forgiving to the pocket retailing for SGD 2500 to SGD 9200 for the pieces in exotic skins. This line has a functional feel to it for everyday use, making it the perfect weekend bag or shopping tote. It's fairly light and with enough room to carry your daily essentials.
Between the two series, and knowing my own personal taste, I'd recommend going for the Lady Stirrup but then again I guess the reason why Giannini crafted 2 variations of the series is to ensure fasione-istas of all shapes, sizes and style will have something to lust after this FW. So honestly, I'd say grab whichever floats your boat as I think these pieces will transcend seasons!
CREDITS: Photos from Gucci
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