’Tis the season of artistic collaborations between some of the most renowned names in the fashion industry. So when Bulgari asked Alexander Wang to create a unique offering for their ongoing ‘Serpenti Through The Eyes Of’ capsule series, we knew something very special was in store. Enter a collection of gorgeous, limited edition handbags, appropriately tilted ‘Serpenti Through the Eyes of Alexander Wang’. The selection will be launched during the upcoming New York Fashion Week in September this year.
A creative reinterpretation of the luxury fashion house’s legendary Serpenti Forever Bag, the new collection comprises of a set of six handbag variants — the belt bag, shopping tote, duette, triplette shoulder bag, minaudière, and the two-in-one satchel. Made of fine calf leather, the series is available in a range of colours: white, mint green, and black, as well as in two distinct editions of python skin and shiny lizard.
Keeping true to the spirit of the brand, Wang has incorporated some of Bulgari’s most widely recognisable motifs, such as their striking, vintage serpent-head jewel, in the form of golden hardware. “I found the original snake-head piece from the 1960s in the Bulgari archives,” said Wang. “It was a nod to the sinful woman, and that was something I could relate to.”
The serpent is definitely the star of the collection, highlighted beautifully in every set of bags. The versatile belt bag, for instance, features two serpent clasps; a pair of detachable straps make it easy to wear the bag crossbody, around the waist, or over the shoulder. The chic double-flap duette and triple-flap triplette bags showcase multiple serpent-heads quite prominently.
The shopping tote, presented in three convenient sizes, and the soft two-in-one satchel impress with their sleek designs and snake-themed details. Last but not least, the small and elegant minaudière recalls a jewellery box, charming one and all with its Serpenti bracelet attachment.
In all, the collection presents a wonderfully fresh and innovative perspective on traditional masterpiece, and therein lies the true genius of a gifted designer. “Serpenti is an icon that has been and continues to be reimagined: Wang’s fresh vision has brought a new urban chic attitude to our unstoppable icon of glamour,” says Mireia Lopez Montoya, managing director of Bulgari Accessory Unit.