Met Costume 'Camp' Exhibit Inspires A Look At Donald Trump's 'Dictator Chic' Design Tastes

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Met Costume 'Camp' Exhibit Inspires A Look At Donald Trump's 'Dictator Chic' Design Tastes

AOC originally published this article on Donald Trump’s design tastes being called ‘Dictator Chic’ in March 2017. Writing about the upcoming May 6 Met Gala and Gucci-sponsored ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, open to the public May 9 through September 8, 2019, I recalled this article focused on Trump’s professed love for Louis XIV opulence.

Dictators LOVE pseudo, camp Louiv XIV interior design.

'Camp' Explained In Gucci's Pre-Fall 2019 Ad Campaign In Advance Of May 6 Met Gala + Art Exhibit

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Camp Explained In Gucci's Pre-Fall 2019 Ad Campaign In Advance Of May 6 Met Gala + Art Exhibit

Photographer Glen Luchford shoots Gucci’s pre-fall 2019 ad campaign, continuing with the brand’s wildly successful camp approach to fashion under creative director Alessandro Michele. Jonathan Kaye styles models Delphi Mcnicol, Dwight Hoogendijk, Emmanuel Adjaye, Matïss Rucko, Matthew Petersen, Paul Hendrik Piho, Unia Pakhomova, Walter Pearce, and William Valente against the backdrop of old-world Italian traditions.

In advance of the Gucci-sponsored May 6 Met Gala in New York, Alessandro Michele has explained that ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, open to the public May 9 through September 8, 2019, is inspired by Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay ‘Notes on Camp’. Sontag’s essay “perfectly expresses what camp truly means to me: the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture.”

'For The Love Of Gucci' Shot At NYC's Whitby Hotel For HauteLiving.com March 2019

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'For The Love Of Gucci' Shot At NYC's Whitby Hotel For HauteLiving.com March 2019

Photographer Nathan Kraxberger captures ‘For The Love Of Gucci’, styled by Celine Griscom with fashion direction by Deyvanshi Masrani for HauteLiving.com March 2019.

The editorial was shot in Manhattan’s Whitby Hotel’s Whitby Suite, designed by Firmdale Hotels’ Kit Kemp. The Whitby is a sibling to Firmdale’s hugely-popular, Crosby Street Hotel in the heart of SoHo.

Gucci Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri Meeting With Dapper Dan Over Blackface Sweater Disaster

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Gucci Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri Meeting With Dapper Dan Over Blackface Sweater Disaster

Gucci Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri is planning to meet with Dapper Dan and other African-American leaders during a trip to New York this week to discuss the sweater debacle. “"I am a Black man before I am a brand," he wrote. “Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong,” Dapper Dan said in an Instagram post. “There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult.”

The renowned Harlen fashon designer and tailor originally gained fame knocking off Guuci’s logo in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before finding itself in the drivers seat when Alessandro Michele knocked off one of Dapper Dan’s designs in his own 2018 Resort collection. The two men signed a peace treaty with Dapper Dan collaborating with Gucci on a vintage hip-hop-inspired capsule collection. Then Kering stepped in to underwrite Dap’s new studio and atelier in Harlem, while making him the face of a special tailoring campaign. Gucci has also underwritten several art events celebrating black culture in Harlem and around New York.

As the former head of product development and fashion director for Victoria’s Secret, I recommend that Gucci load up a corporate jet with design talent and head for Washington, DC and a trip to the African American Museum of African American History and Culture. This will give them a complete understanding of the sensitivity of black face in America to progressives of every skin color.

Glen Luchford Flashes Old Hollywood Glamour + High Spirits For Gucci Spring Summer 2019 Campaign

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Glen Luchford Flashes Old Hollywood Glamour + High Spirits For Gucci Spring Summer 2019 Campaign

Glen Luchford captures Gucci’s latest Spring Summer 2019 campaign, channeling the early days of celebrity culture and the golden age of the Hollywood musical.

In imagery that recalls the technicolour, on-screen theatricality of the song and dance numbers made famous by talented performers, this campaign delivers maximum glitz and glamour. Colourful sets with grand stages and staircases alternate with more surreal dream sequence backdrops. The mood is playful, knowing and evokes the joyful outlook of the famous musical films of the 40s and 50s. In another set of photographs, Gucci mimics the highly stylised black and white publicity stills created by the studios at the time to promote their stars as perfect role models. A variety of characters from Gucci’s musical are given the silver screen treatment and shot in black and white with dramatic lighting in the style of the many famous movie star portraits in the 30s and 40s. Like those of the period, these pictures exude cool, elegant glamour. – from Gucci

Faye Dunaway & Soko Enjoy Old Hollywood For Gucci Sylvie Bag Campaign, Shot By Petra Collins

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Faye Dunaway & Soko Enjoy Old Hollywood For Gucci Sylvie Bag Campaign, Shot By Petra Collins

Academy award-winning actor Faye Dunaway makes sweet music with French muscian and actor Soko for Gucci Sylvie Bag's Fall Winter 2018.19 campaign, lensed by Petra Collins. Gucci's Alessandro Michele is in charge of creative direction for the over-the-top glimpse into the lives of the ultra-wealthy, with art direction from Christopher Simmonds. 

The Gucci Sylvie Bag video is shot from Soko's perspective in this lavish, old-Hollywood video.