LOS ANGELES — On predetermination nighttime successful America, successful the shadiness of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and amid the panting anticipation for Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” film, the existent Gucci decorator Alessandro Michele brought the “Gucci Love Parade,” his archetypal in-person amusement since February 2020, to Hollywood Boulevard.
Style and stardom collided successful a conflagration of marabou, lace and lamé bathed successful pinkish and purple marquee lights. It was hard to flight the feeling that the full happening was a movie and everyone determination conscionable a quality successful it. That, aft 18 months of surviving done screens, the boundaries betwixt manner and celluloid phantasy had yet collapsed, divided down the seams.
A afloat metropolis artifact had been cordoned off, each broadside of the Walk of Stars lined with hundreds of director’s chairs successful signature Gucci canvas. Gwyneth Paltrow, successful a caller mentation of the reddish velvet Gucci suit she wore to the VMAs successful 1996, schmoozed with Dakota Johnson (in bristling achromatic paillettes), who happens to beryllium dating her ex-husband. Nearby sat Salma Hayek Pinault, successful a metallic and bluish sequined shirtdress, who stars successful “House of Gucci” and is joined to François-Henri Pinault, the main enforcement of Kering, which owns existent Gucci.
Jared Leto, who is simply a Michele muse, and besides successful “House of Gucci,” walked the runway successful achromatic denim, aviators and a double-breasted blazer. So did Miranda July, successful a faux fur-trimmed strawberry cardigan, large Gucci logo briefs and stockings. On the sidelines, Billie Eilish (in a crystal skullcap) and Miley Cyrus (in sapphire fringe and food yellowish feathers) applauded.
“It’s a imagination travel true,” Mr. Michele said successful a quality league aft the show, of wherefore helium had decided to eschew Milan for Los Angeles. “There was nary amended spot to restart.”
It was backmost successful May 2020, aft all, erstwhile overmuch of the satellite was self-isolating and the manner satellite itself was successful crisis, that Mr. Michele had archetypal declared a rethink of the manufacture system, stepping disconnected the four-city collections way and abandoning aged categories of autumn and spring. Since then, and possibly much than immoderate different designer, helium has resolutely hewed to a abstracted path: creating “Guccifest,” a mini movie festival implicit with a Gus Van Sant-directed Gucci mini-series; “hacking” into Balenciaga successful April (and letting Balenciaga’s designer, Demna Gvasalia, hack him close back).
Coming to Hollywood, which Mr. Michele called “the American Olympus,” to travel backmost to the runway was a logical adjacent step.
Not conscionable due to the fact that of the stories his parent utilized to archer him astir Hollywood that inspired him to privation to make clothes. Or because, arsenic Mr. Michele said, Gucci has heavy roots successful the pitchy acceptable and the larger-than-life, oregon due to the fact that the marque has been sponsoring the yearly LACMA gala for galore years.
But due to the fact that progressively the accepted gravitational and societal rules of what to deterioration erstwhile and wherever nary longer apply, and a batch of that is acknowledgment to Mr. Michele’s enactment astatine Gucci. He routinely ignores aged ideas astir time and nighttime oregon fancy and sporty oregon men and women, hopscotches done humanities reference, and yet builds his characters successful a mode that utilized to beryllium disposable lone successful the movies — oregon acknowledged lone successful the movies.
His apparel are unabashedly costume — they revel successful the joyousness of playing dress-up, alternatively than pushing a silhouette guardant oregon exploring construction. He designs astatine a transportation of maximalist emotion alternatively than modernism. (To accidental his collections look similar the eventual vintage store is simply a morganatic complaint.)
So this clip ’round determination were Marilyn Monroe metallic and golden goddess pleats and Rita Hayworth-worthy lacy nightgowns; souvenir thenar tree-print shirts and just-off-the-bus fabric tract and cowboy hats; Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra gowns and Joan Crawford shoulders. There were the variables of the backmost batch and the epoch of Edith Head and Adrian, erstwhile costume designers were besides personage designers due to the fact that they understood that life, arsenic overmuch arsenic the world, is simply a stage, and everyone is dressing for their entrance, darling.
That’s wherefore Mr. Michele enactment his amusement successful the mediate of Hollywood Boulevard: to underscore the information that the sheer enactment of getting acceptable to spell retired and get immoderate beverage is simply a show of self. Especially present that immoderate infinitesimal could extremity up online and everybody is the manager of their ain societal media series.
And possibly past you privation to propulsion connected a large fake fur chubby implicit your corset. Sport a three-piece suit successful mint greenish oregon shell-pink satin with large fake orchids connected the lapel. Wear knit motorcycle shorts nether a yachting blazer with cowboy boots. Whatever! Add a sparkling feline mask. Or possibly a feather boa. It’s ridiculous (it is). It’s a blast (it is).
Then strut retired down the halfway of a metropolis thoroughfare arsenic spotlights strafe the sky. And fto everyone watching wonderment what scene, exactly, this is.