What: Gucci’s Spring 2006 Handbags and Shoes
Why: Itâ€™s been two years since the fashion worldâ€”and Gucci fans the world overâ€”said goodbye to the legendary 10-year veteran designer Tom Ford, and now the Florentine label has finally been reborn. Under Frida Giannini, the 30-something creative director of the brand, the Spring 2006 collection has a fresh, more feminine spin. Gone are the days of dark monochrome: The new line brings to mind â€™50s prints (especially floral), â€™40s high platforms, and â€™70s bright hues. Itâ€™s almost enough to make you wonder, “Is this really Gucci?” Donâ€™t worryâ€”these aren’t gaudy monstrosities. In fact, itâ€™s quite the opposite. The shoes, for one, are so perfect for the season, with modern, unique shapes never before seen at Gucci. The orchid print platforms ($675) are to die for, as are these white espadrilles with the classic horse-bit logo decorating the fabric ($395).
And as for the bagsâ€”those drool-worthy accessories that Gucci is so famous forâ€”thereâ€™s the soft, girly off-white mini Boston ($1,295); I fell in love with the pink stripes. You can carry this with most spring/summer outfits. Itâ€™s classic enough to last until your bag lust turns elsewhere. Donâ€™t forget your daughters or daughters-to-be-born-someday whoâ€™ll probably really love you for the vintage hand-me-downs. The shockingly green hobo ($980) with the signature bamboo handle is another winner, and the black floral evening bag ($695) has a crystal fly on the zipper. The pesky insect never looked so desirable.
Just in: at NeimanMarcus.com