This is the rebirth of the iconic ‘Jackie 1961’: the new genderless Gucci bag

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One of the Italian firm’s most emblematic historical designs enjoys a new life thanks to the colorful, gender-neutral models created by creative director Alessandro Michele for the 2020 autumn-winter season

A good example of this is the reintroduction of the essential Jackie bag in their autumn-winter 2020 collection. The piece, an original design from 1961, became one of the favorite accessories of Jackie Kennedy, first lady of the United States in the early sixties, who wore it on multiple occasions throughout her life.

Backstage of the Gucci FW20 women’s show. Small shoulder bag ‘Jackie 1961’ with beige/ebony GG Supreme canvas, a material with a reduced environmental impact, with brown leather trim.
© Cosimo Sereni/Gucci
Man fashion show FW20 Gucci. 

However, the almost sixty decades that have passed since then have also left a forced mark on the model. Although the structural lines of the first design have been respected, the current models have their own idiosyncrasies. The keys to the contemporary reinterpretation carried out by the firm’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, can be summarized in five points, as explained by the brand

1 “It transcends the classical categorizations of accessories thanks to its non-binary attitude. Smaller in size than the original, the bag is present in the house’s fashion shows combined with suits, grunge outfits and clothing of reduced proportions”.

2 “Inspired by a vintage Jackie taken from his personal archive, Alessandro Michele proposes a silhouette reduced to its minimum expression in three different sizes: medium, small and mini”.

3 “The sober lines highlight the emblematic piston closure and the exquisite leather that makes it up. All versions of the 1961 Jackie are available in black and red leather, as well as in GG Supreme canvas with the company’s triband”.

4 “The small and mini models have a wider range of colors including natural python skin and a range of pastel shades including lilac, butter yellow, light blue and soft pink”.

5 “A long removable strap reinforces the flexible character and versatile practicality of the new Jackie.

The ‘Jackie 1961’ bag, by Gucci, in cream color.
© Gucci
The new ‘Jackie 1961’, by Gucci, in purple.
© Gucci

There are many personalities linked to the world of culture and entertainment who have already begun to express the stylistic possibilities of this model. From the singer Harry Styles or the actress Cate Blanchett, on the international scene, to style prescribers, creators and local actors like Ursula Corbero, Jedet, Greta Fernandez or Filip Custic. And yes, the result, as you can see, is magnificent.




Our daily reality is wrapped in a wide range of colors. And within this spectrum, we are accompanied by a few. You may do so without realizing it. Or you may be very aware of which shades always go with you, because colors and personality are closely related.

Intense, warm and sober colors that somehow decorate our life through clothes, the color of our car, the painting of the walls at home, make-up and objects that we intuitively incorporate around us, according to our favorite colors. But why do they attract us? What color is your personality?

Colors and personality

It may seem at first sight to be a silly, unscientific game. But in reality, it can be said that the study of the relationship between colors and personality has an extensive literature on the subject, made especially by many psychology and marketing companies where they try to investigate, for example, how certain colors determine us when we buy, when we choose certain products and not others, or how to favor certain states through certain colors. A whole suggestive world to discover.

We must take into account that colors are part of a light spectrum, and as such, certain types of energies emanate depending on their wavelength. Imagine, for example, how you would feel if you entered a room painted exclusively in black. Or your feeling when you pass into a room decorated in shades of green or blue. We cannot deny it, the colors emanate sensations and emotions. Let’s see how they are associated with personality.


Intense, active and very optimistic personalities. They tend to be strong characters, with a clear inclination towards competition at work, with a certain touch of impulsiveness and need for control.

They are self-confident people with an open and intense character, but as a defect, it is precisely their quick impulses that are sometimes not very reflexive.


Are you very sociable but you keep the limits? You like to be surrounded by people but you maintain a certain seriousness and balance, you are understandable and very accessible with the people around you.

You usually like sports, movement and small challenges every day. You are not very impulsive, but you like to initiate projects with which you feel involved and excited.


Very, very creative people. In spite of their creativity, they maintain a sense of logic; it is not an overflowing imagination but rather a rational and practical one.

Analytical and very critical profiles also with themselves, so much so that they are usually very demanding also with the people around them. They control their emotions very well.


Relaxed personalities who value first and foremost contributing to others and having others contribute to them. They seek the closeness of people and crave to feel safe and loved by having someone with them.

They fear sometimes being hurt by this dependence, but still they are vital and positive. Very positive. They are also people who like to have their efforts and actions recognized by others.


Balance and inner peace. People who tend to lean towards this tonality seek first and foremost tranquility and inner peace. They live according to their beliefs and their thoughts without caring what others think or think of them.

They do not change easily, they have an integrity and deep-rooted beliefs to which they will not give in. Strong but relaxed personalities, very – very balanced.


Orderly people, very sentimental and, above all, spiritual. They are very sensitive profiles, however, when they are wounded they do not show it easily, they prefer to keep quiet and not show their emotions at that very moment. First they reflect, meditate, and then put their thoughts out loud.

They reflect, think, and seek their inner peace, and also are very open to help and guide others. They are usually involved in humanitarian issues.


Rooted to the earth, to the physical and to the simple. They are people who love the simple and natural life, the comfort of the day to day surrounded by the beings they love.


It is not a negative color at all. Let’s leave aside the famous term grey person, to actually see personalities that are rather balanced, calm and somewhat conservative. Also cold and so rational that we can rarely manage to make them angry. As a defect, we should highlight their passivity, rarely leaving their routine to undertake complex plans.

“Happiness is like a tie; everyone chooses the color of his own.

-Noel Clarasó-

You have already seen, colors and personality are related and surely, after reading this you have felt identified with one or several colors, it is the usual and expected. So, tell us what color is your personality?

This was the first digital edition of Haute Couture:

The 2020/21 autumn-winter season through the eyes of 6 designers

The first Haute Couture Fashion Week in digital format left us with images that will be remembered as the moment when fashion continued in times of adversity to continue to inspire.


On July 6th, the day the unusual Paris Haute Couture week began, social networks were filled with surreal images that transported us to a dream world. Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of the house, worked with filmmaker Matteo Garrone in the production of the short film Le Mythe Dior, which evokes the Théâtre de la Mode: the traveling exhibition of designs on miniature mannequins that in the time of the Second World War united the most representative designers of the time to maintain the tradition of Haute Couture. On the other hand, the designer took inspiration from the work of surrealist artists like Lee Miller, Dora Maar, Jaqueline Lamba and Leonora Carrington, whom she considered more than muses to create the designs of the collection. The result was 37 designs in luminous tones that will be carried in a trunk to Dior’s Haute Couture clients.

© Brigitte Niedermairn / Dior
© Brigitte Niedermairn / Dior


On board a boat on the River Seine, Oliver Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director, commemorated the company’s 75th anniversary with a presentation of Haute Couture that brought together the firm’s archives to pay tribute to its predecessors: Pierre Balmain and, Erik Mortensen, Oscar de la Renta, until Rousteing himself joined the company. 21 models, 50 dancers and Yseault, the French singer, were the protagonists of the moment that will go down in history.

© Balmain


The collection of Virginie Viard, Chanel’s creative director, evoked the baroque style of her mentor. The 30 outfits are full of details such as sequins, rhinestones, stones and beads. “I had in mind eccentric princesses, the kind of women that Karl Lagerfeld liked to accompany to parties or Le Palace,” said the designer. The images were photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Viktor & Rolf

Times of change. The collection presented by the designers Viktor & Rolf shows in each of the 9 creations, the accumulation of emotions generated collectively by the health crisis we are going through. Maximalist coats with abstract shapes that ‘protect you from the outside’. Emojis that symbolize different states of mind. A wink to the use of the mask as the most intelligent accessory of the season; undoubtedly, signs of the importance of maintaining social distance. But above all, a proposal that calls for a struggle that these days is worth remembering: “We all deserve to be loved, regardless of age, colour, gender, race, religion or sexuality”.

© Casper Kofi / Viktor & Rolf
© Casper Kofi / Viktor & Rolf

Giambattista Valli

Joan Smalls was the protagonist of a video and a series of photographs that showed Giambattista Valli’s Haute Couture collection comprising 18 romantic looks. The tulle, the bows and the sequins were the details that showed how the designer’s commitment to fashion and to the people in his team still stands.

© Giambattista Valli


Weeks before the presentation of the brand, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino’s creative director, announced that his Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 Haute Couture presentation would be held in collaboration with Nick Knight, the renowned photographer and founder of SHOWstudio, who was responsible for directing the production of the live performance entitled Of Grace and Light.

The result, as expected, did not disappoint. From the Cinecittà in Rome, video mapping projections with images of flowers and motifs related to nature, painted white dresses that showed us a new volume: stylized and infinite, with lengths ranging from four to five meters long. Sixteen models dancing in the air to the soundtrack of FKA Twigs and a video glitch effect that at times managed to dissolve the thin line between the real and virtual worlds.


The Iconic Shoes of Cinema

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Judy Garland’s red shoes in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Victor Fleming, 1939)

It would be great if saying the words “There’s no place like home” and tapping your heels with your red sequined shoes were enough to get you home after a long journey.

The ballet shoes of The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, 1948)

The protagonist of this classic English film could not stop dancing in these red ballet shoes.

Catherine Deneuve’s Pilgrim in ‘Bella de día’ (Luis Buñuel, 1967)

This is one of Roger Vivier’s most emblematic designs, a pair of rectangular buckle shoes with a medium-thick heel that Catherine Deneuve made famous in ‘Bella de día’.

Las zapatillas Nike de Michael J. Fox en ‘Regreso al futuro 2’ (Robert Michael J. Fox’s Nike shoes in ‘Back to the Future 2’ (Robert Zemeckis, 1989)Zemeckis, 1989)

Slippers that tied themselves were one of the things that were happening in the distant future 2015. This year Nike has announced that it will release a model inspired by the ones worn by Marty McFly.

Las botas de charol de Julia Roberts en ‘Pretty Woman’ (Garry Marshall, Julia Roberts’ patent leather boots in ‘Pretty Woman’ (Garry Marshall, 1990)

A scandalous, above-the-knee patent leather boot for one of the most endearing prostitutes ever to come out of the cinema.

Tom Hanks’ Nike shoes in ‘Forrest Gump’ (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)

Tom Hanks’ character would not have travelled the same miles without the classic Nike ‘Cortez’ model.

Uma Thurman’s Asics shoe in ‘Kill Bill’ (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)

Tarantino dressed the new action heroine in a yellow tracksuit and sneakers, a look that will go down in the annals of film history and is a beautiful tribute to Bruce Lee.

Bill Murray’s Adidas shoes in ‘Life Aquatic’ (Wes Anderson, 2004)

Wes Anderson movies are always full of interesting sartorial objects. This time Bill Murray’s original look was completed by Zissou shoes from Adidas.

Kirsten Dunst’s Converse shoes in ‘Marie Antoinette’ (Sofia Coppola, 2006)

One of the coolest historical gadgets in the history of cinema, the lilac Converse shoes that were part of Marie Antoinette’s wardrobe.

The ”manolos” of Sarah Jessica Parker from ‘Sex and the City’ (Michael Patric King, 2008)

Carrie Bradshaw launched into stardom these super feminine and sophisticated shoes designed by Manolo Blahnik.

Lily James’ glass shoes in ‘Cinderella’ (Kenneth Branagh, 2015)

Cinderella’s glass shoe is a key part of the plot of this classic tale. And it has become one of the most versioned shoes in history.