US show jumper Jessica Springsteen, 22, has landed the high-fashion role as Gucci’s latest equestrian ambassador.
The daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, Jessica has been riding since she was four years old, and joins a trio of fellow Gucci show jumpers: Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi, top international Edwina Tops-Alexander and French actor Guillaume Canet.
The Italian fashion house, which has traditionally been associated with equestrian design, has developed a riding collection especially for Jessica.
“Jessica is a great horsewoman, with a very exciting and positive riding style,” said Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director, who was responsible for returning to the brand’s equestrian roots four years ago after a 20-year gap.
“Her passion for horse riding, and show jumping in particular, is something I can really relate to, as I have been riding ever since I was a little girl. Jessica brings the elegant dynamic spirit of Gucci alive. I have ensured that the design of this new wardrobe provides her with pieces that manage to be both technically correct and stylish.”
The collection features technical clothing and accessories for show jumping and training, while retaining the glamour of the sport. A key feature from the range is the Gucci crest, featuring a heraldic shield incorporating the figure of a knight in armour holding a suitcase and handbag. Jessica’s crest will be personalised with her initials.
“I grew up around horses,” said Jessica. “I love the freedom you feel on horseback, and enjoy the discipline of competition. Riding in the collection that Frida has created for me is an honour and great fun — it combines the best of sport and style.”
Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk 10th February 2014 >> http://tinyurl.com/mleaqb4