ITEM OF THE DAY: GUCCI LEATHER DRAGON BELT

In Item of the Day, What's New by Christine Galasso

Sometimes, a belt is more than just a belt. Take, for example, Gucci’s Leather Dragon Belt, starring the fantastical beast that symbolizes control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods in Chinese folklore. And with Coachella starting this weekend, we think it’s the perfect time to reach for the belt, all in the name of good weather, of course.

Originally seen on the label’s spring/summer runway, the belt features a leather strap laser-cut to create the scales and body, then hand-painted and finished with an enameled dragon head buckle.

As fabulous as the belt looked when paired with an oversized bag, hat, and a long-sleeved dress, we’ll be styling it differently in Palm Springs. We’re thinking it would work to cinch the waist of a vibrant, flowy kimono, finished off with combat boots and a flower crown (natch).

This season, Gucci was all about fun and whimsy coupled with the brightest colors. And we say it’s perfect for festival season, even if it does double the cost of our festival funds.

The Leather Dragon Belt retails for $1,490 at Gucci.com.

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