First Images: Gucci Cruise Men’s Lookbook

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The lookbook for Gucci Cruise’s men’s collection was shot at the Ville de Cannes in France, as well as at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel and the Carlton Beach Club – and it’s appropriately glamorous.

The sunny, vibrant photos transport one from the doldrum dreariness of another Monday afternoon in the sweaty city to the fabulous vacation world of the south of France, in head to toe glittering Gucci. Shot by Martin Parr, the images tell an energetic story of youth, frivolity, and elegance.

Gucci’s Cruise collection continues to dazzle us with it’s more-is-more, colorful, pattern-filled, texture-heavy mania of statement ensembles. Take a look in the following slides.

 

Photography: Martin Parr for Gucci

 

Take A Look at Gucci’s New Dapper Dan-Inspired Collection

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Photography: Ari Marcopoulos for Gucci

 

Gucci has just unveiled a new collection inspired by the legendary designer Dapper Dan.

Operating in Harlem in the 1980s and 90s, he built his name creating one-off outfits for hip-hop and street style stars including the likes of LL Cool J, Eric B., Rakim, and Salt-N-Pepa.

His looks were often matching-full-length tracksuits, often covered in logos, as well as great long jackets. The new collection takes favorites from Dapper Dan’s work and reimagines them using high-quality Gucci fabrics and leathers, with the famous logo printed often over the garments.

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos shot the campaign in and around the streets of Harlem to capture the authenticity of Dapper Dan’s original shop neighborhood.

 

Gucci Unveils Retro Fall 18 Campaign

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Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2018 campaign recontextualizes their explosive runway (the one that featured severed heads, dragons, and unprecedented feather fringes) in the setting of a cluttered collectors’ room.

According to the brand, “The inspiration for the campaign comes from those eccentric personalities who passionately seek out paintings, antiques, rare objects and other vintage collectibles. Often, these people build shrines to their collections; historically, these private hobbies have occasionally led to the creation of museums or foundations. The images here are an intimate exploration of this phenomenon, suggesting the appeal of idiosyncratic curation.”

Models are seen strewn among similarly scattered puzzle pieces, alongside bathtubs, butterflies, and boudoirs, playing cards, and generally existing outside the traditional studio setting of a fashion campaign.

Are you surprised?

Creative Director: Alessandro Michele
Art Director: Christopher Simmonds
Photographer and Director: Glen Luchford
Hair Stylist: Paul Hanlon
Make-up Artist: Yadim Carranza

Harry Styles Stars in the New Gucci Tailoring Campaign

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Photography: Glend Luchford for Gucci.

 

For their new Tailoring campaign, Gucci employed pop star / angel Harry Styles to wear different tailored suits in a traditional fish-and-chips shop filled with dogs and chickens. What could possibly be better??

Styles wears two different two-piece suits in the campaign, one a wool mohair white-red-black mini pied de poule worn with a green check blanket and the other an ink-grey bee check, as well as a splash-dark beige macro gingham sharkskin dressing gown, worn as a coat, a decorative dark wool mohair jacket with embroidered collar detail, and a white-oatmeal hued macro bird’s eye wool suit with MLB NY Yankees patches. Every one is more amazing than the last.

The shoot was organized with Creative Director Allesandro Michele, Art Director Christopher Simmonds, and photographer Glen Luchford.

Shop the collection here, and take a look below.

 

 

All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

Check Out Gucci’s Stunning Gift Giving Campaign, Comprised Solely of Paintings

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Gucci’s 2017 Gift Giving campaign is a (literal) work of art. The fashion house commissioned Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal to paint all their winter wares, and the results are magnificent: classically romantic images with modern Gucci clothing and Icarus-inspired creatures and compositions.

“Icarus fascinates me because of his story, which could be read a bit like a mantra, I guess,” says Monreal. “If you fly too close to the sun, you’re going to get burned. If you fly too low, you’re going to drown in the sea. It feels quite bluntly obvious, but I find it quite timeless, and reassuring. You have to find the middle point to land on the other side. It’s not a cosmic science, just a tricky human condition. Icarus himself is a very romantic character and of course symbolic of everything young and pretty. Very East London!”

The campaign includes a gorgeous book showcasing everything up for sale this year – including tees, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, and porcelain.

 

Images: Ignasi Monreal for Gucci

Our 11 Favorite Looks From Gucci’s Legendary Spring 18 Show

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Illustration by Hilton Dresden. Photos Courtesy of Gucci.

 

Alessandro Michele’s Spring 18 show featured some of the best looks we’ve seen on a runway period, let alone this season. The collection took his signature power-clashing of textiles, colors and patterns to new heights: floral quilted skirts combined with angular jackets and glittering jewelry, silky bodysuits met furs and Bugs Bunny cardigans, fanny packs met rhinestones and flare pants…it seems every concept that could be thought of for the hundred plus looks of the collection was implemented. And the results were breathtaking.

The collection draws inspiration from several nostalgic fashion moments: the 80s and 90s are both clearly visible in silhouette and accessories, while the haircuts tended to trend towards even earlier decades. Yet it still felt decidedly ahead of its time, a refreshingly daring and conceptual show blasting apart a season filled with so many safe runways.

While it would be impossible to choose the definitive favorite looks from the show (which, by the way, incorporated low lighting and immense amounts of fog), we’ve compiled the 11 which dazzled us the most.

 

Gucci’s Cruise 18 Campaign Shot Real Rome Residents in Their Homes

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Photography: Mick Rock for Gucci Cruise 18.

 

For Gucci’s Cruise 18 campaign, they tapped legendary photographer Mick Rock – nicknamed “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” because of his iconic photographs of Blondie, Bowie and Queen – to capture their new collection on camera.

Rock elected to skip fashion models in favor of real citizens of the city of Rome, photographing individuals who caught his eye in their own homes or on the street to fantastic effect.

“What helped a lot is the fact that I got constant stimulation from the clothes because they’re so fabulous, and they’re colourful,” he told Dazed. “I just went for the people that interested me.”

Gucci’s next release of new styles will arrive in just 6 days, when the combined men’s and women’s Spring 18 line is unveiled at Milan Fashion Week September 20.

 

 

Our Favorite Looks From Gucci Resort ’18 Bring Power Clashing To Unprecedented Heights

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Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci, is proving he’s not afraid to take the iconic brand into its most theatrical territory yet. His latest show, Resort S/S ’18, took place in Florence’s grand Palazzo Pitti. “At the beginning, everything started in the Mediterranean, the Greek and Roman cultures,” Michele told Vogue. “But we couldn’t have Athens, so I went to the next big step in civilization, the Renaissance, so we came here to Florence, the fascinating metropolis of the past, the place which had the power of big money. Like Napa Valley now.”

His fascination with Ancient culture expressed itself on the runway in gold-leaf accessories, but the toga theme ended there: Michele’s latest designs are a bold exploration in pattern, color, and texture, bringing new gravitas to the term ‘power clashing.’

We’ve seen bright prints as a collection’s focal point before (think anything Jeremy Scott) and we’ve also seen lots of godlike gold before (think Armani’s underwear runway.) But what makes this collection interesting to us is its infusion of another singular aesthetic: the gawky, nerdy youth. There’s boxy jackets, wide-legged trousers, wire-rimmed glasses, and lots of sleeve layering to give this runway a much-needed jolt of young outsider-ness. The collection looks so uncool that it’s become the wardrobe of the coolest kids in school, and as separates, we predict Michele’s new garments will be quite marketable when they hit shelves later this year.

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