Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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Gucci demystifies backstage rituals with fall 20 runway spectacle

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as pa…

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.

The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as part of Milan Fashion Week at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, with the likes of Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Florence Welch, and Amandla Stenberg all perched on the front row.

But rather than hold a conventional presentation, Michele chose to unveil exactly what occurs behind the scenes, with guests entering the venue to find themselves in the “backstage” area where the models were getting ready and designers, stylists, and tailors were applying final touches.

“There’s the rapture of a gift, in this unrepeatable ritual. There’s the promise of a precious delivery. Lights out. The congregation lingers, awaiting with open hands,” the designer commented in the show notes. “A pin-drop silence, to receive my uneven heartbeats and my thrills. I offer my poetics to this tribe of emancipated spectators. May they use to wonder. May they help me understand it. They can use it to reawaken dormant questions. Or else, they can simply reject it, if they can’t find a way to open a door of compassion.”

With the stage set on a revolving platform, the models in complete stillness at the front.

As always, Michele drew upon an eclectic mix of references, including ladylike dresses with Peter Pan collars, Tudor-inspired lace with embroidery, ruffled ballgowns, Puritan-esque hats, and conservative tartan skirts paired with high-neck lace tops.

Other highlights included a suit with delicate floral pattern and matching tie, a blue velvet baby doll number worn with orange tights, and a lace dress accessorised with a black leather harness over the top and heavy crucifix necklace.

To conclude, Michele offered up a hippy-inspired look comprised of a peasant top, bandana and torn jeans and a jaunty suit made up of plaid trousers and a tangerine blazer with black silk lapels.

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Saoirse Ronan chose gown made from satin offcuts for 2020 BAFTAs

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally consci…

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.

The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally conscious wardrobe choices by renting, wearing vintage, or selecting pieces made of sustainable materials rather than sporting brand-new clothes.

Saoirse arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a voluminous black satin gown featuring leather straps and complemented the look by having her blonde hair swept off her shoulders and into a twisted-front updo.

Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue that the gown was made by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele from discarded satin.

“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time… It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple, but we’ve been geeking out about the intricate craftsmanship,” she said.

And Elizabeth is a big fan of the pencil-thin leather straps, which she viewed as adding a “naughty kick” to the dress.

“I love that the most classic pieces are often the hardest to make – it feels good to celebrate this unique work,” the style guru smiled.

While Saoirse’s eco-friendly dress was overshadowed by colourful appearances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson in a pink Versace gown and Charlize Theron in a purple Dior number, Elizabeth was pleased with how the black dress allowed the Little Women star to shine.

“(Fashion should) celebrate Saoirse’s talent, rather than overpower her,” she insisted.

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Alessandro Michele wants men to be in touch with their feminine side

Alessandro Michele creates clothes with the aim of helping men get in touch with their feminine side.The creative director of Gucci overhauled male fashion when he joined the Italian house back in 2015, introducing an offbeat and genderless style for m…

Alessandro Michele creates clothes with the aim of helping men get in touch with their feminine side.

The creative director of Gucci overhauled male fashion when he joined the Italian house back in 2015, introducing an offbeat and genderless style for menswear.

He broke boundaries by introducing co-ed runway shows, where male and female models would walk together, but debuted his first male-only show at the Palazzo delle Scintille in Milan for his fall/winter 2020 collection last week.

Alessandro explained his decision to WWD, and while he revealed that he wanted to go back to basics to avoid getting bored, he also wanted to put men’s fashion under the spotlight.

“I think menswear is even more experimental and stranger, because men are allowed less,” the 48-year-old noted, before urging men to fight for their right to be “in touch with their feminine side”.

“In the end, those who do so are the best, because they have no skeletons in their closets, in the sense that in the end a man is made of a very strong feminine part,” he explained.

However, Alessandro insisted that being feminine “does not mean wearing a skirt”, but instead refers to men being able to get in touch with their emotions.

“A man, like a woman, has been programmed and stereotyped, but in reality, the stereotype of the man is really very narrow, claustrophobic,” the designer shared. “Men, I think, are much more else. They have many facets.

“Those among the most fascinating are those that have a very marked feminine side. Which does not mean wearing a skirt, but means being in contact with a certain kind of emotionality, with the sincerity of also being fragile, of having different needs.”

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Harry Styles and Alessandro Michele collaborate on Fine Line merchandise

Harry Styles has teamed up with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to design a limited-edition T-shirt in support of his new album Fine Line. The Sign of the Times singer and the Gucci creative director have become frequent collaborators and close friends in r…

Harry Styles has teamed up with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to design a limited-edition T-shirt in support of his new album Fine Line.

The Sign of the Times singer and the Gucci creative director have become frequent collaborators and close friends in recent years, with the One Direction star appearing in campaigns for the Italian fashion house’s tailoring collections and new genderless fragrance as well as wearing Gucci outfits on tour, at the 2019 Met Gala, and on the cover of his new album Fine Line.

To celebrate the release of his second solo record, Harry has teamed up with the fashion designer once again to create a limited-edition white T-shirt which features a line drawing of a red bleeding heart being pierced by a black arrow. The 25-year-old’s name features inside the heart, while the words Fine Line appear on the outside.

The unisex eco-conscious top is made from sustainable materials and is helping raise funds for the Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit foundation funding women’s human rights initiatives.

The Harry Styles + Alessandro Michele Fine Line Tee was unveiled on Harry’s official merchandise site on Monday and will only be available until Thursday. It costs $74.95 (£57) and comes with a copy of Fine Line, which was released on Friday.

In addition, Harry has partnered with officials at Live Nation to create Fine Line pop-up merchandise shops which are running in London, Los Angeles, and New York this week. The temporary stores will stock exclusive designs, including T-shirts, satin bomber jackets, and tote bags, which range in price from $14.50 (£11) to $99 (£75).

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Bethann Hardison starring in Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 lookbook

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden…

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.

The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden to pose for a series of snaps for the Italian fashion house, headed up by Alessandro Michele.

In one look, Hardison can be seen posing on a street near a tram line, wearing square-rimmed black oversized sunglasses despite it being nighttime. She also wears an ankle-length, long-sleeved dress with an interwoven pattern consisting of orange, brown and black fabric, and accessorises with chunky gold earrings and a necklace, purple gloves, and a green handbag.

In other images, the diversity campaigner can be seen wearing a green dress with sparkly pink boots and a bright yellow gown with blue boots.

“Arriving at the shoot, I understood I had already slipped into the world of Alessandro Michele, who chose me to be a part of this special collection,” said Hardison of the experience, according to Fashionista. “Then I met the unique wizard Bruce Gilden, a photographer who captured my character. I came this far, to Rome, Italy to feel completely at home. That’s the joy of stepping into the world of Alessandro Michele.”

Gilden added, “What can I say, it’s just great to have been asked by Alessandro and Gucci to do my thing for them… We both felt at home and shared stories of cutting our teeth in New York years ago. And guess what: We’re older but still getting to do what we’ve always been doing, and for Gucci!”

Hardison began a relationship with Gucci earlier this year when she was brought in as a consultant for its diversity initiatives.

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Gucci’s Alessandro Michele determined to shake-up men’s dress codes

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is determined to break convention when it comes to men’s dress codes.The Italian fashion designer was appointed as creative director of the luxury house in 2015 and has since gone on to win praise for his comp…

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is determined to break convention when it comes to men’s dress codes.

The Italian fashion designer was appointed as creative director of the luxury house in 2015 and has since gone on to win praise for his complete overhaul of the company’s collections and image, with many items now unisex.

Michele is also known for outfitting Jared Leto in a red gown and Harry Styles in a sheer black pussy bow shirt for the 2019 Met Gala in May, and in a new interview for the November 2019 issue of GQ magazine, he explained how he is certain the days of men being seen as masculine if they wear a “specific suit” are over.

“When you try to manipulate the codes of a man’s wardrobe, you can do something really new,” he told the publication. “It’s pretty interesting. I started thinking about an idea of beauty that, for me, it doesn’t belong to men or women. It’s almost the same; that’s why I put a few men’s looks on women and the reverse. You can be more masculine showing your femininity.”

Michele’s garments often merge references from Ancient Rome, Medieval times, Baroque style and the fashion of the ’70s. He also noted that he thinks men are “really attractive” when they listen to their “feminine part” and claimed popstar Styles perfectly embodies his ideal client.

“I think that he is really the incarnation of a pop icon of the next generation. He’s the only one on the market, I think, that is really in contact with his feminine part. He’s sexy and he’s handsome,” the designer added.

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Jared Leto convinced someone stole Gucci replica head from 2019 Met Gala

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michel…

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.

The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.

However, Leto made headlines as he was carrying a full-size replica of his head on the red carpet which was fashioned into a useful evening bag.

Michele and his Gucci team worked with Italian special effects firm Makinarium to create the unique piece, which cost more than $11,000 (£8,900).

Yet, five months later, Leto has confessed that he hasn’t seen his head clutch since the Met Gala and is under the impression that a fellow partygoer took it.

“Honestly, I have no idea,” he told GQ magazine. “I think someone may have stolen it. If anyone out there finds it, bring it into your nearest Gucci store in exchange for a pair of dirty sneakers.”

At this year’s event, Leto’s head-to-toe Gucci outfit featured a long-sleeved red gown with crystals draped over his chest and shoulders.

The star has been a longtime muse of creative director Michele, and even wore a Gucci wardrobe for the recent tour with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.

“I have a lot of help from the Gucci team. They’re an incredible group of people. So talented, so gifted. I feel really fortunate to work with Alessandro and this motley crew of artists and craftspeople that he’s put together,” the 47-year-old gushed.

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Gucci model stages protest during runway show

Model Ayesha Tan-Jones staged a “peaceful protest” against Gucci’s use of straitjackets during its Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday.The Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show opened with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor bel…

Model Ayesha Tan-Jones staged a “peaceful protest” against Gucci’s use of straitjackets during its Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday.

The Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show opened with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor belt catwalk while wearing a high fashion take on straitjackets, with creative director Alessandro Michele explaining that the designs made a statement about “the most extreme version of a uniform dictated by society and those who control it”.

However, Tan-Jones made it clear that they disapproved of the straitjackets, which were used for limiting the movements of patients in mental health facilities, by writing “Mental Health Is Not Fashion” on their hands and holding them up for the audience to see as they paraded down the runway. A press officer for the company confirmed the protest was not planned, according to editors at the Guardian.

Tan-Jones later shared a post on Instagram in which they stated that straitjackets symbolised “a cruel time in medicine when mental illness was not understood”, and called Gucci’s use of the imagery “hurtful and insensitive”, “in bad taste”, and “vulgar, unimaginative and offensive”.

In a new post on Monday, the non-binary musician and activist thanked fans for supporting their “peaceful protest” and revealed they and other models would be donating a portion of their fee to mental health charities.

In the show notes for their fashion show, Gucci bosses stated that the straitjackets would not be sold in stores, and were solely used to make a statement.

Gucci is no stranger to backlash. The brand sparked debate last year when it released a balaclava turtleneck that covered half the face and featured large red lips on a cut-out around the mouth. It was called out for evoking blackface iconography, with bosses quickly issuing an apology and removing the item from stores.

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