If Gucci‘s accessories designers have anything to say about it, the trend toward handbag minimalism is over, starting with Gucci Spring 2011.

Considering last season’s retro-leaning accessories collection and the current trend climate, I expected another line of referential, staid handbags from the Italian brand during its recent presentation in Milan; I was dead wrong. Not only were the clothes bright, bold and more than a tad tropical, but the bags were sexy statement-makers in exotics, metallics and intricate woven leather. Naturally, my favorites were the big carry-all satchels like the one at left.

Photos via Style.com.

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  • michelle ( another one)

    seems to me like they borrow from hermes and chloe

    • KS

      totally agree with you!

    • J

      totally agreed!!! Hermes, chloe and Louis vuitton (for the clutch with tassle) Though i like how luxurious the clutch looked

  • Mochababe73

    Someone can just go ahead right now and get that brown satchel for me.
    This is the first time that I have ever wanted a Gucci handbag.

  • elinasofia

    I love that large brown bag too! The belt does seem very Hermes inspired though. The bamboo handle bag is gorgeous too. Solid colour keeps the bags from looking too embellished. It’s good that some designers go against the grain, I personally love the “new” minimalism, but it would be boring if all of the collections showed the same thing over and over again.

  • couture coco

    Goodness! Loving the textures and details – great with the new minimal dressing right now.
    http://www.couturecoco.wordpress.com

  • shopper

    I am a huge fan of the carry-all satchels as well, especially #11! A few of the bags do seem very Hermes inspired. I’m also not a huge fan of the long strapped bags with all of the braiding detail. It seems too western for my tastes.

  • Kadeam

    am i the only one that see’s a little bit of hermes hardware ?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      The belts are very Hermes-y!

  • kellyx

    No Kadeam. I see it too!

  • papertiger

    No one mention the ‘B’ word ;). There are 3 bags I won’t be able to choose between, I just love that saddle leather, it will look better and better with age.

  • Sonya

    I don’t know where to begin, I LOVE each and everyone of these bags, Kudos to GUCCI!!!!! They are always phenomenal with their luxurious items. That large brown bag and the snake skin bag they are HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!!!!!! I am a tall girl so big bags always rock for me.

    Also ladies, I wll have my own line of handbags and jewelry coming out soon, hopefully by Christmas, I would love to have you as customers and viewers, I will keep everyone posted on what’s happening.

  • Michael St. James (bagpoor.com)

    LOVE the cinched clutch!

  • Jen

    the gold cinched clutch!!! I have waiting for a to find a gold clutch that I really adored-I have found it!

    • Mash Godse

      OMG Jen,
      My exact sentiments!!

      This.is.THE.gold.clutch.I.want!

  • Hiew Mui

    like it but im not satisfy with its quality. prefer Dior better.

  • Bagolicious

    I’ve never been that into Gucci, but the black, bamboo-handled bag is gorgeous, as is the shoulder bag below it. I’ve always wanted one of the bamboo-handled bags.

    I attended the Gucci artisan’s workshop, at the Gucci boutique in Beverly Hills, and to see how much work goes into one of those bags was amazing. They also gave an explanation of how they make the bamboo handles and what type of bamboo is used and the age of the bamboo. It takes a lot to make a bamboo handle.

  • Brandon

    Is it just me or do the clutchs resemble the Louis vuitton African queen clutch alot ?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      It’s not just you, there’s a definite structural resemblance. I like the LV better, but I’m generally not opposed to an aesthetic homage.

  • MAX

    someone mentioned Hermes look. so sad I want the brown one but since u pointed that out I’m no longer feeling like it anymore T^T love the bags though

  • Mimi

    Holy crap. Love, love, FREAKIN LOVE IT. All of it! That big brown satchel — and the snakeskin version — made me catch my breath for a second. Never been a Gucci girl, but oh how I want that bag!!

  • XXAL

    cute clutches.. the handbags would be lovely.. if hermes and mulberry didn’t already have something like that. the handles remind me of MB bays

  • nappy

    i think the clutches really look like the louis vuitton s/s 09 african queen clutches.. but with less spunk…

  • Hect

    My gucci was falling in my book it’s dead for me now I agree with many the obvious and rather tacky display of non talent behind these shall we say inspired bags Chloe vuitton and Hermes please some one help these people help themselves for me gucci died when master Tom ford and genius de sole left the brand but this is just absurd how pathetic can you be when you openly copy others. Gucci now sells non but true but real fakes????? I guess they just like to keep the name linked to some sort of scandal that’s. Just the gucci ways is it not ? Frida if anything don’t come out this season you have no talent !

  • bagbag

    tassel is very gucci

    and the sachet with belt like that..they made it already in the past!

  • rpointing123

    Very nice! I followed it. =] I have a fashion and beauty blog too, and I run it with two friends: http://modstylelounge.blogspot.com/
    Did you know on your header, it says “a girl girly blog” instead of “a girly girl blog”? Just thought I’d let you know in case that was a error! =D

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  • Pam

    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Gucci. Bought my first one on a school trip to Paris in 1985 for a large $100!

  • Pam

    Ditto above plus (ipad) :)

  • Jelita78

    oh shame on you gucci for flat out copying hermes!!
    shame! shame! shame! (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    really liking the rustic look, go GUcci! (ipad)

  • helen

    Look like autumn colors. (ipad)

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