Say what you will about Gigi Hadid—and let’s admit it, she is a stunner—but the newly anointed supermodel was upstaged by the original supermodel during the recent spring/summer 2017 runway collections. During Italian house Bottega Veneta’s 50th anniversary offering, Hadid, in a rose-colored taffeta top and matching cropped pants, closed the Accademia di Brera show walking arm in arm with legendary all-American-girl Lauren Hutton—clad in a classic, double-breasted trenchcoat, no less.
Only moments earlier, Hutton wowed the audience in the same ensemble, but punctuated it with a vibrant red clutch. This accessory wasn’t simply happenstance, nor was the model’s appearance in Tomas Maier’s celebratory lineup, but one that was rooted deep in the brand’s history.
You see, Hutton had previously been keeper of that same bag 37 years prior in the 1980 film American Gigolo. Movie buffs and fashion historians might remember co-star Richard Gere gently whispering in Hutton’s ear while she sported a similar billowy trenchcoat and the exact same accoutrement. “These are pieces that are timeless—to be bought to keep forever,” explains Maier. Fittingly for spring, Maier pulled the style from the company’s archives and is reissuing it as The Lauren 1980 handbag for a limited time in Gigolò Red.
Speaking of its woven motif, Maier says, “The intrecciato was created by Bottega Veneta in the early ’70s, and when I began working at the house, I immediately recalled the bags my own mother used to carry. This distinctive leather weave design is a beautiful way to make a supple, soft, constructed bag more durable. The leathers are [extremely] soft, and layering and weaving them into each other is what makes each item so unique.” Well, that and the fact that style icon Lauren Hutton has one too.
Originally published in the March/April issue of Silicon Valley