Nearly three years into his tenure as creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele continues to fashion with eccentricity, a house ban on fur and, perhaps most shocking of all, a steadfast belief in continuity.
Sometimes the stars align. They certainly have for Alessandro Michele and Gucci. That the brand’s creative director is WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year and fashion’s preeminent fascination du jour intrigues, all the more so because of his accidental ascent to the pinnacle of influence. Michele only got his shot when the top job opened up following Frida Giannini’s exit because of a chance assignment to host then-newly installed chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri, and explain to him the processes of the design staff.
At that point, Michele was (now famously) a behind-the-scenes studio guy, toiling to help realize someone else’s creative vision, one it turns out, that could not have been further from his own. Just being asked to show the new boss around might have ended there, were not Bizzarri a rare breed of modern ceo, one who believes passionately that, at the highest echelons of fashion, creativity fuels commerce. The two bonded, Michele impressed Bizzarri with his aesthetic fervor and got the job. “Intuition in this case is superimportant, even more than rationality,” Bizzarri told WWD’s CEO Summit in October.
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The Gucci-Dapper Dan lineup, which launched today, reimagines archival pieces of the designer — especially tracksuits and jacket styles — in Gucci’s signature fabrics and decorative elements. Gucci leitmotifs, including embroidered dragons, bold letterings and the house’s signature green and red stripes, stand out on bomber jackets, T-shirts and tanks, in addition to tracksuits, which are offered in GG-printed nylon and velour. A new yellow Gucci logo also makes its appearance, inspired by the original sign of Dan’s Harlem store, reports @sandrasalibian. (📸: @ari_marcopoulos_official ) #wwdfashion
Candice Swanepoel’s line, Tropic of C is one of many modern, chic swimwear brands that use Econyl, a fabric made from regenerated nylon that is rescued from things like fishing nets, carpets and plastic landfills and remade into textiles for apparel and carpets. Other swim brands using Econyl include All Sisters, Mara Hoffman, Araks, Adidas and Volcom, to name a few, reports @jessiredale. Read more on sustainable swimwear on WWD.com. Styled by @elmercer (📸: @chrismiggs) #wwdnews
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