Alessandro Michele replaced Frida Giannini as Gucci’s Creative Director in January 2015. The following month, Michele introduced his Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection in Milan. The same show that brought us kangaroo-fur lined slippers, named “The It Shoe of Fall 2015” by Vogue, introduced us to Michele’s Dionysus handbag, which quickly flowered into an It Bag in its own right. Fashion fans are still going gaga for the Dionysus, which is set apart from Gucci’s other drool-worthy accessories by its signature double tiger head-ended horseshoe closure (mythical links between the god of the viniculture and tigers include tales of Dionysus riding a chariot pulled by two tigers and Dionysus transforming into a tiger and carrying a nymph across the river Tigris).
The Dionysus boasts more variety than sweets in a candy shop. Shooting star, half moon, butterfly, bird, red lip, bright pink lightning bolt, snake, and bumblebee appliqués embellish various Dionysus styles. According to Gucci’s website, “The embroidered rhinestone, small stone and bead appliqués are specially manufactured by expert craftsmen in India, each appliqué is sewn by hand onto organza. The appliqués are then hand sewn onto the bags by expert craftsmen in Italy.” Beautiful blooms printed onto leather and bamboo handles add to the eccentric options one must consider before choosing a Dionysus to adopt. Suede, python, and the GG Supreme canvas are all distinctive materials gracing the Dionysus.
Fall 2015’s hottest handbag’s degree of personalization doesn’t end with its decoration and material options. There are large and smaller sizes and the sliding chain strap allows the bag to be worn multiple ways, including as a shoulder bag and a cross-body. It’s no surprise Gucci’s London flagship boutique was targeted and robbed in November 2015. Among the loot? Forty Dionysus bags, a haul valued between $76 and $153 thousand dollars. Thanks to the Gucci Dionysus listings on eBay, you shan’t need to resort to criminal measures to get your hands on one of fashion’s most iconic accessories. Happy shopping!