Alessandro Michele references anti-abortion laws in new Gucci cruise line

Alessandro Michele has made a bold political statement with his latest Gucci cruise collection.The creative director showed off his latest designs in Rome on Tuesday; an eclectic mix of retro cuts, bold colours and preppy sportswear. In among the des…

Alessandro Michele has made a bold political statement with his latest Gucci cruise collection.

The creative director showed off his latest designs in Rome on Tuesday; an eclectic mix of retro cuts, bold colours and preppy sportswear.

In among the designs were even bolder statements, with Michele referencing the recent anti-abortion laws in some American states with the phrase “My Body My Choice” stitched across the back of one purple blazer, and the date May 22, 1978 – when Italian lawmakers passed the law for legal abortion – also included on pieces. The designer even embroidered an image of the female reproductive system onto one gown.

“My new cruise collection is, as usual, an homage to many things and to different cultures and historical moments,” Michele told WWD. “Among other citations, there are some references to the ’70s, a moment in time when boundaries were blurred compared with nowadays. A specific moment in time when different cultures were intermixed. It was a historical moment when women – finally – rejected all the constraints that were imposed in the previous centuries and they became free.

“That’s why I am paying homage to the Italian law regarding abortion, the law number 194. It’s unbelievable that around the world there are still people who believe that they can control a woman’s body, a woman’s choice. I will always stand behind the freedom of being, always.”

The fashion star went on to credit Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri for allowing him total freedom when it comes to the messages he wants to put across through his clothes.

Michele called it a “great opportunity” to be the head of one of the most famous and powerful fashion brands in the world, and he vowed to carry on mixing politics with design.

“My clothes, my shows, my campaigns and all the projects I am producing for Gucci are my voice, ‘my weapon’ of choice. I have been lucky, I’ve been the megaphone and I really want to use it for a purpose,” the 47-year-old stated.

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Designers and models slam Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion law

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, w…

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, with the law only allowing for terminations of ectopic pregnancy, if the unborn child has a “lethal anomaly” or to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.

Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions may face life in prison, and while Democrats attempted to re-introduce an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, they were unsuccessful – with a number of members of the fashion community now speaking out over the divisive law.

Taking to Instagram, Zac Posen uploaded a picture of a poster with the words, “Abortion is a personal decision, not a legal debate,” and in the caption wrote, “Deeply shocked and disappointed by Alabama criminalising abortion. I know from my mother what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights are human rights. Let’s move forward, not backwards.”

In her statement, Ivey commented that she was aware the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 which legalised abortion in all 50 states, but insisted that the new regulation was passed with the aim of challenging that law.

Elsewhere, luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood shared vintage images of women fighting for the right to have abortions and added, “Total BS!!! Alabama wake the f**k up! We will not stand for this!!!! Men will not govern a woman’s body!!!!”

While model Bella Hadid reposted a comment on the issue penned by artist Petra Collins, and Hailey Bieber shared a Twitter user’s post on her Instagram Stories in which they pointed out that the 22 Alabama senators who voted for the bill were all male.

Other A-listers including Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, and Padma Lakshmi have all spoken out over the law too.

The bill will not take effect for six months after becoming law.

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