While she chose not to use her famous surname on the label of her luxury handbag line, AG Limited Editions, there is no doubt that Alessandra Gucci is deeply influenced by her family's welldocumented past. Gucci, 32, peppers her conversation with references to those relatives who shaped her the most while growing up: her late father, Maurizio, and her late grandfather Rodolfo, who built Gucci (founded by his father, Guccio) into a major luxury label. The designer has inherited their passion for leather goods, even naming her three handbag styles after the two men and herself.
Of course, the Gucci family is well-known for more than just luxury goods. In 1998, her mother, Patrizia Reggiani, was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill Maurizio, and Gucci herself is understandably reluctant to discuss this diffi cult chapter. "I think people already know about my past, and my company is a new story," she says. "I didn't want to even call my company Gucci, because I wanted to create my own brand, and do the job by myself."
To that end, the alligator bags infuse classic chic with feminine fancy: Each style gets a small splash of colorful Swarovski crystals. Handmade by a Milan-based artisan with past ties to the Gucci company, the bags come in three colors, pink, blue and the multihued "jungle." Since alligator reacts to dye in "unexpected and extraordinary ways, each piece is unique," Gucci says. Wholesale prices range from $6,665 to $10,134 for the limited edition of 99 bags.
Gucci, who is based in Saint Moritz, Switzerland, launched the collection earlier this year after stints at Gilli handbags and Ungaro. She spent two years preparing her line. "I wanted to be sure [of the product]," she says. "This is a tribute to my family, which has passed on to me a deep love for quality, elegance and luxury." The bags are being sold through 10 Vendome, the Paris-based consulting service. On the challenges of launching such a venture during a tough economy, she notes: "We must put ourselves to the test [and] differentiate ourselves."
Going forward, Gucci has her eye on other product categories, such as shoes and gloves, but expects to do only limited editions. As for the company her family built, "Gucci is a giant now," she says. "I want to remain niche, and the images are entirely different. We can easily coexist."
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)