Celebs Were on the Move with Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach

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Grecian Archaeological Council Rejects Gucci's Bid for Acropolis Show

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After descending upon Westminster Abbey for its 2017 resort show last June, Gucci was eyeing the Acropolis in Athens for its next on-location show. The Italian brand, which has experienced stellar sales and revenue growth under the creative control of Alessandro Michele, requested a permit to stage its 2018 Resort show at the ancient Grecian site this summer, but has been turned down by Greece’s Central Archaeological Council.  

Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou told state television on Tuesday that a panel of ministry experts turned down the request, adding that she was in "total agreement." Koniordou further noted, "We have a duty to defend the importance of [the Acropolis] ... a global symbol of democracy and freedom."

Requests for commercial use of ancient monuments in Greece are rarely approved. In fact, in the past the Council has denied most commercial requests for archaeological sites. According to the Associated Press, however, singer Jennifer Lopez was granted access to the Acropolis for a 2008 photo shoot. The site also featured in the 2014 film "The Two Faces of January" starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

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GUCCI LILITH BAG

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Gucci is reinforcing its game once again in the luxury bag industry when it released its Lilith Bag Collection during the brand’s Resort 2017 Collection. Seductive, infernal, and visually appealing, the Lilith bags are incomparable to none.

But hey, what’s in a bag name? If ever you wonder why the name of a woman is used as a reference to a Gucci bag, well ladies, a name always has a story to tell. Based from ancient mythology, Lilith was the first wife of Adam who later became a demon. The serpent in the Lilith bags perfectly represents her.

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The Gucci Lilith leather shoulder bag is sultry thanks to its printed snakeskin detail along the flap and the snake head push lock closure. Look closely, the snake head is a definite spot-on with the turquoise crystal stone eyes looking right back at you. This bag has a detachable chain shoulder strap so you can opt to wear it either as a shoulder, cross-body or a handy handbag. It also has an interior open pocket and measures 9” x 5.5” x 2” (W x H x D) inches and is priced $2390 USD, €1980 euro, £1610 GBP.

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Another bag worth having in this collection is the Gucci Lilith leather top handle bag. This one is a visual stunner with the grosgrain bow detail and a bamboo top handle. The textured snake head with piercing crystal stones set in the eyes is something you couldn’t dare miss! This beauty has two shoulder straps: a detachable and adjustable grosgrain shoulder strap and the other one is a detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap. It has an interior zip and smartphone pockets. The small size size is measured 10.5″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″ (W x H x D) and is priced $3500 USD, €2980 euro, £2420 GBP, $4300 AUD, ¥434160 JPY.

The medium size is measured 13″ x 9″ x 5″ (W x H x D) and is priced at $4200 USD, €3500 euro, £2840 GBP via Gucci boutiques.

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Gucci: Gucci DIY At ION ORCHARD

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Step into Gucci’s spanking new store at ION Orchard and you’ll be slightly overwhelmed, especially with 6000 sq ft of Gooch goodness to explore. Also the first Gucci store in Singapore to follow the new codes of the Italian luxury house, its interiors are a mix of contemporary luxury and industrial eclecticism that uses idiosyncratic materials as imagined by Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

And after you’re done exploring dedicated sections for men and women consisting of everything from leather goods and shoes to accessories and even a rather full line-up of RTW, make a pitstop at Gucci DIY, another first for Singapore where you can ‘customise’ certain styles of bags (and shoes) to make it truly one-of-a-kind.

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Choose from a pre-decided selection of bags and its accompanying patchwork pieces, which range from the now-iconic coral snakes that come in 3 colours to a vast array of creatures great and small, from bees and dragonflies to lizards and tigers. Then there are the flowers: peonies, roses, even a lotus, each more beautiful than the last. For plain models, you can opt for exotic skins like crocodile and python, to regular leather that comes in 18 different shades. You can choose the lining, you can decide if you want the interior personalised with your initials, even the shoulder straps come in special colour combinations that can only be found in Gucci DIY’s line-up.

You can also customise footwear, with one being able to add initials onto Ace sneakers, for example. Eventually, both RTW collections for both men and women will be opened up customisation but till that day comes, anyone needs a special Dionysus to call her own? Head on down to Gucci ION Orchard now.

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Glad It’s Still Here: Gucci Signature Duffle

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I’m enjoying Gucci’s printed bags. But it’s a bit overwhelming if you spend too much time looking at their line. And while season after season we continue seeing printed GG Supreme coated canvas pieces, I was worried at the back of my mind for the classics. And I’m  happy to find, as of January 2017, there is a resurgence of the embossed monogram in the Gucci house.gucci-signature-leather-duffle-side

Unlike the rounder counter parts, this is a more rectangular duffle bag, and definitely more structured. It has a nice wide zipper so you can fill it up with more things as you fly off to some well deserved vacation, with all of the bag’s Gucci goodness.gucci-signature-leather-duffle-top

I’m so happy to see monograms embossed on leather, and that they are not going away any time soon. Lovely, aren’t they?

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Gucci Lilith Top Handle Bag

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If you asked me what bag at Gucci today still epitomises the past and the present as far as their handbags are concerned, this would be it. Those familiar with the Italian luxury house’s bags of yore will find the bamboo handle familiar, a Gucci signature that’s still keep alive and well under the auspices of sitting Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

Having seen the process for myself when I visited their bag production facility in the outskirts of Florence some years back, I can tell you this much. As simple as it might look, each bamboo handle still has to go through hours and hours of skilled craftsmanship, a single artisan crouched over an open flame as he exposes the bamboo rods to heat, slowly bending them bit by bit before it takes its eventual curved shape. Layers upon layers of a special varnish are also applied to give it that shine, as well as to keep it in an almost pristine condition for years to come.

From the handle down, however, and it’s a different story. Obviously inspired by vintage references, Michele draws upon a new icon of house, the snake, and uses it to great effect on the Lilith. Named so because it’s believed to be the name of Adam’s first wife in midrashic literature (you know how the story ends) with the snake tempting both of them.

But beyond the name, the bag is also a beautiful example of vintage-chic that’s big at Gucci these days, the bag sold with two slings, one of leather, the other in grosgrain. The perfect bag for ladies-who-lunch, it also comes in at least 2 sizes at the moment, a Small (26 cm by 24 cm) and a Medium (33 cm by 22 cm) with both sizes now available at Gucci boutiques in Singapore, including the newly-opened flagship at ION Orchard.

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