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Gucci continues to be one of the most fascinating stories happening in fashion and culture today. It encompasses all the details of a good fairy tale - rags to riches, rescue, wizardry. It also represents something deeper going on in popular culture. There's so much more to get at why Alessandro Michele's designs are so appealing to so many people, particularly consumers 35 and under, who haven't been spending on traditional luxury brands goods. They are the holy grail for retailers, and they now account for 50% of Gucci's sales.
So glad I had the chance to write about Gucci in May's WSJ. Magazine.
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art gave Rei Kawakubo her druthers - and then some - for its spring fashion exhibit. They offered the Met Breuer, she wanted the flagship. They wanted the lights turned down, she wanted the kliegs up, up up. Curator Andrew Bolton wanted her early works, she refused. Guess who won, without ever pitching a fit. Live and learn from the artist / designer who never says yes unless she means it.
Honestly, I've never witnessed a fashion show like the one Dolce &Gabbana created in Milan for Fall 2017, so I wrote about it in The New Yorker. It was chaotic, it was adorable, it was courageous. I'm sure they never want to go through that again. Or maybe they do.
Alexandra Steigrad of Womens Wear Daily reached out and confirmed the news before it was very widely known even at the WSJ. It's true - I'm taking off to write another book - two, actually - and work on a few fashion-business-journalism projects. I'm not leaving the game, just switching teams.
Ashley Wu of Exposed Zippers blog asked questions so insightful that it's one of my favorite interviews: The road from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (best job ever) to Paris Fashion Week (also the best job ever).