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    Alessandro Michele’s shows for Gucci are more than just a spectacle; they are brave and often indulge in a dialogue that most shy away from. Celebrating strong women is a theme that transcends throughout his shows. This time Michele took hints from the icons of the ’60s and ’70s and roped in the iconic Jane Birkin to sing ‘Baby Alone in Babylone’ mid-show. Another tribute to that particular period came via ‘Zumi, a sixties-inspired bag from the Gucci archives and named after Zumi Rosow – a Los Angeles-based experimental musician – that made its runway debut during the SS ’19 show. 

    Rosow, who is a member of bands such as Crush and The Black Lips, even took to the runway wearing a black nylon jacket and trousers. Her unconventional yet refined looks resonated with Michele and Zumi, Gucci’s latest line of bags took shape. 

    Once again, the bag encapsulates Gucci’s history with its iconic motifs, interlocking G and Horsebit hardware, and mixing gold- and silver-coloured metals. Zumi comes in a variety of colourways and textures. It is available in two types of leather, smooth and grainy. 

    The top-handle shape in grainy leather is available in two different sizes, medium and small. All of the bags in this style have a detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap, and a practical interior composed of a zipped compartment and a zippered pocket.

    For those who want to carry it on their shoulders, a small and a medium-sized Gucci Zumi shoulder bag made in smooth leather with a detachable shoulder chain alongside ‘Marina’ chain details is a perfect accessory to flaunt. Just in case you want to make a statement, detach the chain and it turns into a classic clutch. And in a very Michele style, where two very contrasting elements form a part of a creative medley, among those monotone bags , there are versions of the medium top-handle and the mini shoulder bags in pop Gucci Strawberry print.

    Another version of the same is a small tote available exclusively in crocodile and lizard skins. It has a double-sliding chain strap and sophisticated internal construction to ensure everything inside remains organised. In case you want to invest in a sophisticated rendition of the same bag, it is also available in precious skins such as python and elaphe. The colour palate is all the way more interesting – black, neutral, red to light brown, burnt orange and ivory. Whether your style is sophisticated or edgy, Michele has ensured that Gucci’s latest bag gets a place in everyone’s closet. 

    Anupam Dabral
    Sr. Associate Editor
    It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.