Gucci Romanticizes Men’s Fashion As A Form of Self-Expression

MILAN, ITALY - (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Gucci)

“Improvisation is an act of collaboration. When the free impulses of individual minds interweave, collective expressions are conceived.”

Gucci Fall Winter 2023 Men’s exhibition is the result of self-expression and the person who wants to make a bold statement.

Improvisation is standard practice exercised in theatre and music, allowing the artists to inject themselves into the performance. My sentiment is Gucci’s collection gives their audience free expression of uninhibited individuality since the creatives and artisans themselves have limitless expression.  

What made this show spectacular was the live performance by Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog. The live set was well curated for the collection, building on elements from genres like jazz and punk inherent to musical improvisation. The collection focused on presenting their version of the classic gentleman’s wardrobe. Regarding the expression of masculinity, the collection is definitely for the open-minded gentleman. But isn’t that the Gucci way?

As the show continued, Gucci went into the archives using “throwback moments” that presented accessories such as jewelry and leather goods from past periods honoring the company’s history. Traditional pieces and contrasting wardrobes: sportswear informed by Gucci’s 1980s archives evoke the codes of dance, while motorcycling garments pay tribute to archival items from the early 2000s or splice with the sculpting of archetypal overcoats. Inspired by the same era, denim trousers faded as if washed with fuel are adorned with the logo launched initially by Gucci in 1953 when the house opened its first store in New York.

The Gucci brand comprises a wide age range. It is evident when Kai wore the Cruise 2023 black-red-multicolor plaid double-breasted formal suit over a sky blue boxy embroidered shirt, accessorized with black leather, metal toe cap boots, and a black silk tie. A sharp look for a teen K-Pop star. 

On the more seasoned side of their fan base, Idris Elba wore a custom sage wool single-breasted suit over a light blue woven shirt styled down with white signature leather sneakers and a sleek black leather tie. Sabrina Elba wore Cosmogonie, ”look 93” petrol-red diagonal striped leather coat cinched by a  leather belt over a black cutout duchess silk dress accessorized with white high heel over-the-knee leather boots, and the classic “Jackie 1961” small white leather shoulder bag. 

Nick Cave wore a custom wool tonal midnight blue pinstripe single-breasted peak lapel three-piece suit with a white dress shirt styled with black croc-printed leather loafers. Susie Cave wore Cruise 2023, “look 51” black-white vintage reversible wool cape coat with faux fur details, black lace fingerless gloves, black leather spool heeled sandals adorned with interlocking G studs, donning the “Jackie 1961” small leather shoulder bag in black.

Find your style among the stars.

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