In 9° place I put the D Bag by Tod's, that Lady Diana wears in the nineties making immediately an icon. Redesigned in 2009 to accommodate the new taste, after all it remains true to the elegant style of the original model. A timeless forever.
Al 9°posto inserisco la D Bag di Tod's, che lady Diana scelse di indossare negli anni Novanta facendone immediatamente un'icona. Rivisitata nel 2009 per assecondare il nuovo gusto, resta tutto sommato fedele allo stile sobrio ed elegante del modello originale. Un evergreen intramontabile.
I place in the 8°position Gucci Jeckie O', in the new version of Frida Giannini. The Jeckie O '(O stands for the initial Onassis, the surname of second husband Jeckie Kennedy) was designed in the 50s but since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chooses and wears it more and more frequently, the bag becomes the most popular bag among the celebrities. It's a synonymous for elegance as the one who wears it. The review made by the designers of the Florentine house has added a few details: the tassels, the shoulder strap, zipper and visible stitching, wisely renewing an immortal icon.
All'8° posto colloco la Jeckie O' di Gucci, rivisitata nella nuova versione di Frida Giannini. La Jeckie O' (O sta per l'iniziale di Onassis, il cognome del secondo marito di Jeckie Kennedy) venne disegnata negli anni '50 ma da quanto Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis la sceglie e la indossa sempre più frequentemente, diventa la borsa più amata dalle star dell'epoca. E' sinonimo di eleganza come colei che la indossa. La rivisitazione compiuta dalla designer della casa fiorentina ha aggiunto qualche dettaglio: le nappine, la tracolla, la cerniera e le cuciture con le impunture a vista, rinnovando con sapienza un'icona immortale.
Seventh place is reserved for Dix Motorcycle Balenciaga. Soft lambskin leather, with studs, stitching and zip out, has the strong character of the bag in true biker style, to which the fringes are inspired. Produced in countless colors, different every year, I find that the pink version in contrast to the style of grunge bag is a good choice.
Il settimo posto è riservato alla Dix Motorcycle di Balenciaga. In pelle morbidissima d'agnello, con borchie, cuciture e zip in evidenza, ha il carattere forte della borsa in vero style biker, a cui per altro le caratteristiche frange si ispirano. Prodotta in un'infinità di colori, ogni anno diversi, trovo che la versione rosa in contrasto con l'aspetto grunge della borsa sia una scelta azzeccata.
The sixth position is occupied by the YSL Muse Two, one of the cult bags of the Parisian fashion house. Made of a single color or two-tone version, it has a clean form and casual look, while maintaining allure of extreme elegance in all versions, even sportswear. Relatively young but already to collect!
Il sesto posto è occupato dalla Muse Two di YSL, una delle borse cult della maison parigina. Realizzata in versione monocolore o bicolor, ha forma pulita e aspetto pratico, pur mantenendo un'allure di estrema eleganza in tutte le versioni, anche quelle più sportive. Giovane ma già da collezionare!
The fifth position is reserved for the legendary Fendi Baguette. A timeless classic and always renewed from year to year with new models, patterns and colors. So far they have created over 600 models. It marks an important moment in the history of Italian design, even when the bags had not always a name and fashion was not running at breakneck season after season.
La quinta posizione è riservata alla mitica Baguette di Fendi. Un classico intramontabile e sempre rinnovato di anno in anno con nuovi modelli, fantasie e colori. Ad oggi ne sono stati creati oltre 600. Segna un momento importante della storia del design italiano, quando ancora le borse non avevano sempre un nome e la moda non correva a rotta di collo stagione dopo stagione.
At the third step of our imaginary podium, we find the Lady Dior handbag, an icon dedicated to Diana, symbol of elegance and refinement. Born in 1995 by a request of Lady Chirac, who wished to honor the Princess of Wales', who was visiting Paris, it's clean and square, refined by the charms with written DIOR, one for each letter. Every year, the Maison repeats it in different variants, always greatly appreciated.
And now we come to the last two positions, for which it was extremely difficult to decide who gets the podium. My preference has been the mother of all handbags and then, in second place, I put the Hermès Birkin (tied with the Hermès Kelly), whereas the Birkin a sort of evolution of the traditional Kelly. Both handbags have a perfect designed, and are full of history, produced by one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. Both are named after the character for which was created or to which they were associated. Kelly, born in 1935, inspired by the saddle bags, becames famous when it was chosen by the Princess of Monaco to hide the pregnancy; Birkin was designed to be a roomy and comfortable handbag for the weekend of the actress, who wanted a womanly and practical handbag. Probably these are the most expensive and desired by women handbags and who wants to get a piece must be on the waiting list patiently.
At first place finally we find the icon of every times, Chanel 2.55, named from February of 1955, date of the last version of the handbag. Mademoiselle loved the ease and simplicity in everything, so she called her creations briefly with the numbers (for example, the legend tells that the perfume Chanel No. 5 is so named after the fifth bottle she tried to identify the right essence). The original handbag was slightly different from today, revisited by Karl Lagerfeld in the late '90s. It had the double C logo on the closure and chain shoulder strap interwoven with leather. But the look was very similar: in soft quilted leather with a chain for getting the hands free, not too big but large enough to be practical but elegance, suitable to accompany the new style that Mademoiselle designed.
The charm of 2.55 is not only the exclusivity of the handbag but I believe it's relevance as a symbol of women's revolution before the time. Coco Chanel, with her creations, wanted to simplify the lives of women, who liberated from the corset, from the Belle Epoque frivolities, to accompany them elegantly towards enhancement of themselves and their role in society. In 1926, midway between the two wars, she gave the woman the "petite robe noir"(the famous little black dress) when the length of the dress to the knee and the black color associated with widowhood shocked the world right-thinking: immediately it becames a symbol of elegance and refinement . Only with this background we can understand the birth of 2.55 handbag, which Mademoiselle worked for 25 years before reaching the final result. I can say a first place well deserved !