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Alessandro Michele’s vibrant vision for the brand and his love for drama have ensured that Gucci remains one of the most talked about brands in the current fashionscape today. His last fall show, titled ‘Cyborg’, saw models carrying severed heads and cradling baby dragons, snakes and chameleons. The setting was that of an operation theatre, where Michele made cultures across the globe converge; lavender lace burkas, Russian babushka scarves, and Japanese headgear summed up his eclecticism.

 

Gucci Fall Winter 18 campaign
Gucci Fall Winter 18 campaign

Accessories weren’t forgotten either, the most statement-making amongst them: The new Rajah bags.

Michele’s new line for fall not only made a little bit of India come alive on the runway but is also perfectly in line with the designer’s love for making things that will be talked about. The collection features totes and structured shoulder bags with hardware shaped like a roaring tiger head; its coloured enamel details are inspired by a brooch designed by the iconic jeweller and fashion designer Hattie Carnegie in the 40s.

Gucci's Rajah tote in suede with contrast leather trims
Gucci’s Rajah tote in suede with contrast leather trims

The totes, in suede with contrast leather trims and chain straps, are available in burgundy python, black leather, brown and beige, with embossed, velvet GGs. There is also a detachable pouch and a zipper closer making it a roomy, and it can be carried as top handle bag.

Gucci's Rajah shoulder bag
Gucci’s Rajah shoulder bag

Also part of the line is a whole range of medium-sized, structured shoulder bags, crafted in polished leather in rich hues of forest green, burgundy, white, black, and teal. Once again roomy with interior zip and open pockets, these bags feature double chain straps and can also be worn cross body. The tiger motif has also been paired with Gucci’s signature web stripes and Interlocking G Horsebit bar on a few pieces.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.