I'm about to use a word to describe the handbags from Gucci Spring 2013 that I genuinely have never associated with Gucci or its bags in the past: simple. For the candy-colored clutches and petite shoulder bags that Gucci sent down the runway in Milan on Friday, the brand's iconic horsebit hardware was back and nearly everything else was gone. Shown in two versions, Gucci's pared-down flap bags were a notable departure for a brand know for its large, sometimes aggressive handbags.
Gucci creative head Frida Giannini has always enjoyed turning our expectations of the brand on their heads, though, and that's exactly what she did in a runway show full of monochrome and monotexture ensembles. The bags followed the lead of the clothes instead of making their own statement, and it'll be interesting to see how this newfound restraint reverberates through the rest of Gucci's accessory line come spring. Check out all the bags after the jump.
[Photos via Vogue.com]