For Gucci’s latest bag line, Alessandro Michele presents the Rajah bag under Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.
Named from the Sanskrit word which means prince or king, the Rajah collection features hardware shaped as a tiger head with an open mouth in a roaring expression that shows the prowess of the graceful and regal creature, an animal synonymous with Michele’s creative vision for Gucci.
Crafted in metal with coloured enamel details, and accented with sparkling crystals, the roaring tiger head hardware embellishes diverse styles of bags, including unstructured totes in suede with contrast leather trims and chain straps, and another version of the same shape in glossy burgundy hued python.
More structured shoulder bags in retro designs, an envelope silhouette, are crafted in polished leather in rich hues of forest green and burgundy, white and black, or in teal crocodile.
Other Gucci motifs are combined with the tiger head as details on the bags – the Web stripe and a new mix of two archive symbols, the Horsebit and the Interlocking G – the letters in an unconventional and modern mix of gold and silver hued metals.
The tiger head shape hardware is inspired by a brooch created by fashion and jewellery designer Hattie Carnegie in the 1940s.
Known for her loyal and flamboyant character, the designer garnered fans and clients of her creations in actress singer and activist Doris Day, philanthropist and socialite Mary Lou Whitney and Mary Wells Lawrence, advertising executive and the first female CEO of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.