In the accessories world, Gucci has some of the best-known and most unique signature details. Horsebits, stirrups, the famous Flora print, the green-and-red webbed stripe - there are a lot of non-logo ways that you can immediately tell you're looking at a Gucci bag. Perhaps the most recognizably bit of Gucci regalia, though, is bamboo. Introduced in 1947, the famed bamboo handle is getting a thoroughly modern upgrade in matte black for Gucci Fall 2013..
A bit of the traditional brown (plus a bit of the bag's color) still peeks through in this new, modern bamboo, but the feeling is a tad more youthful, with just a bit of edge. Gone are the coordinating bamboo closures with which we've become accustomed in the past five years; instead, these bags boast sleek pushlocks against a host of exotics both dark and colorful. Gucci's had great success with snakeskin accessories in particular in the past couple seasons, and I'm glad to see the brand stick with it; you'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful python bag anywhere.
[Photos via Vogue]