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Fringe Benefits

Gucci’s python bag holds serious sway.

Small shoulder bag in python with tassels, fringes and bamboo details, $3,100, at Gucci, Bal Harbour Shops and Village of Merrick Park

Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director, unleashed her inner free spirit in the spring/summer ‘14 collection. Inspired by the carefree essence of art nouveau (the clothes were decorated with the era’s swirls and whorls), the Nouveau bags came trimmed with long, swinging fringe and equally sumptuous tassels hewn of leather and suede. Complemented by Gucci’s signature bamboo detailing, they elicited quite a stir shimmying down the Milan runway. This vibrant, berry-hued python version had us completely coveting under its sway.