Gucci’s Cruise 2023 show was nothing short of groundbreaking. In true Alessandro Michele fashion, no detail was left out. Everything from the collection’s styling to the lovely backdrop of Italy’s historic Castel del Monte in Puglia, Italy, felt methodical and intricately planned.
Elegance Fusing Together Past and Present
Overall, the collection was a stunning presentation of archival elements mixed with modern components. Said to be inspired by a mixing of aesthetics, nods to House history were seen throughout, from the footwear and the ready-to-wear to the handbags as well. An array of new bags were presented, and one of Gucci’s newest bags, the Aphrodite, made its debut on the Cruise 2023 runway. Today we’ve got a detailed look at the latest from Alessandro Michele and the House of Gucci.
Introducing the new Gucci Aphrodite bag.
Inspired by the Past
Instantly recognizable as Alessandro Michele’s Gucci, thanks to the bag’s bold double G logo, it’s this emblem that fuses Gucci’s past and present all at once. Inspired by an iconic House code that was originally introduced in the 1970s, it was Michele who brought this motif back with the brand’s fall/winter 2016 collection. It has since become an integral part of the Gucci we know under Alessandro Michele’s direction. With his sudden departure, fans of today’s Gucci will want to get their hands on some of his iconic designs, and the Aphrodite is the latest of them.
The Aphrodite bag is a crescent-shaped shoulder that oozes elegance thanks to its clean, curved lines and minimal details. While simple in shape and design, the bag’s beautiful soft textured leather truly shines. There are a few color options, like this stunning bold green, as well as red, baby pink, and bright purple. There are also neutral versions, but the leather’s grain picks up color beautifully.
This bag is functional – a great option for every day thanks to its size and lightweight body. The medium size shown here features an internal zippered pocket and overall dimensions of 39cm X x 38cm H x 2cm D. The shape is versatile, with an additional, longer strap allowing for longer shoulder or crossbody wear. With the price of many bags increasing dramatically, the Aphrodite is fairly priced at $2,290. Purchase via Gucci.
Photos via Jessica Portillo for PurseBlog