Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Love the Gucci handbag, Vanessa!

A couple of weeks ago my husband rented the 1966 Antonioni film Blow-Up, starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. I was distracted with other things and was only half watching the movie. Then, in a tiny corner of the screen, I noticed a handbag Vanessa's character Jane was carrying. My bag-obsessed brain could instantly identify it as a mid-sixties leather Gucci with a bamboo handle, like the red one featured above, though Vanessa's was black. So gorgeous, so chic, and look ma, no logos! I wish I had this beauty in my collection. It must be worth so much money if you own an original.

Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci since 2006, has brought these bamboo-handled handbags out again for the house, like the beautiful one above in taupe. This particular bag retails for $2,250. I could do without the tassels but otherwise, what a wonderful update on a classic.


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