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Gucci Exquisite campaign inside 360 MAGAZINE

Exquisite GUCCI

As first presented in the hall of magic mirrors during Milan fashion week, the Exquisite Gucci collection was designed by the House’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele for Fall-Winter 2022. The emphasis on tailoring was the show’s organizing theme, but the headline was Michele’s collaboration with adidas. Merging sartorial tradition and sportswear codes, he added the brand’s trademark stripes and emblem to suits and an array of ready-to-wear.

A Note From Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele

I’ve always been charmed by cinema. For its power to tell stories that can probe human adventure and its drift. For its visionary power to dig up in the real, making it vertiginously imaginative and questionable. Such a careful look on the human, after all, is so close to me. I could never imagine clothes as severed from the story and life of the person wearing them. If you ask me, a garment is not, and never will be, just a piece of fabric. It’s rather the means through which we are able to unfold who we really decide to be, it’s how we shape our desires and the ultimate sense of our staying. That’s why I’ve always imagined my collections as films able to convey a cinematography of the present: a score of stories, eclectic and dissonant, that can sacralize the human and its metamorphic ability.

The “Exquisite” campaign is my tribute to cinema and to one of its brightest maestros, Stanley Kubrick. A philosophic filmmaker who, better than others, emanated the magic of that inextricable knot through which cinema exudes life and magnifies it. I’ve always admired Kubrick’s remarkable capacity in tackling very different subjects. His experimental drive goes beyond any possible categorization. Every film, in fact, digests the manifold souls where dystopia meets parody, drama becomes human comedy, horror looks like a psycho-philosophic treatise, the feeling of truth evolves into the uncanny. Kubrick was, in essence, a real sculptor of genres: the “cross-genre” director, ahead of his time. His ability to build stories that exceed significance, crossing borders and setting labels on fire, has always been deeply inspiring to me.

As an act of love, I decided to reinhabit Kubrick’s films, pushing to the core this incendiary approach. I took the liberty of disassembling, blending, grafting and reassembling them. Sticking to my creative praxis, I seized those movies, romanticizing them, populating them with my clothes. Trying to create short circuits where the adidas gown, that had already lost its status of sportswear to become a Victorian costume, appears as a new character in the script of Barry Lyndon. The dress designed by Laura Whitcomb, wearing which Madonna grabbed the New York spotlight in the nineties, fits in the gothic scenes of The Shining. The mysterious darkness of the enigmatic ritual of Eyes Wide Shut embraces a venus in fur, embellished with sensual bourgeois pearls. And more, the 90s shoes with a fetish flavor explode through the frames of A Clockwork Orange. Finally, the dreamiest evening dress dangled in soft tulle ruches bursts into the aseptic and dystopian space of the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This situationist game mixes historical plans, references, experiences. The past explodes into the present. Everything can become anything, or something else. As in that famous scene of Kubrick’s masterpiece, where the bone turns into a spaceship. As in life.

With “Exquisite” I carry on my attempt to mingle high and low, this time coherently and synergistically with the grammar of the great director. In the selected sequences it feels like Nietzsche, Kant and Freud speak casually to the people in the street. The biggest questions about the meaning of life become pop images. Complex transfigurations in terms of significance, get immediate access in terms of experience. Everything comes to be iconic, symbolically sophisticated, though able to reflect on a culture that we can definitely identify as pop. I chose Kubrick also for this, after all. What he created is part of our collective imagination. Since he was a diviner of vision, his works are as recognizable as the Sistine Chapel, the Virgin of the Rocks or The Simpsons. Manipulating his images, inside a brand new semantic framework, is like hacking La Gioconda. Plus the inspiration and the empathy only possible through the fictional cinematographic machine.

This involvement generates a change of state that is very significant for my job: clothes get closer to bare life again. They turn into highly imaginative functional prostheses, and they do so to tell a story. A story that shatters, enchants, tortures, ignites. Because it’s the story of the human that dwells in each and every one of us. As Stanley Kubrick knew too well. And also Milena Canonero, a very dear friend of mine, who accepted my invitation to go back over some of the scenes that hailed her as an undisputed star in the history of costume design. Her presence in this project is moving for me, a very precious gift.

– Alessandro Michele

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” and “The Shining” are available to own today on Blu-ray and Digital.

CREDITS:

Creative Director: Alessandro Michele

Art Director: Christopher Simmonds 

Photographers & Directors: Mert & Marcus  

Make up: Thomas De Kluyver

Hair: Paul Hanlon

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Dolce & Gabbana SS23

CIAO, KIM

Kim Kardashian is the ultimate muse. Her confidence, independence, sense of style and sensuality have served as inspiration to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in creating this Collection and revisiting their 90s and 00s archives. It is these very same legendary pieces that have inspired Kim so often throughout her own life and career, making this moment a dream come true.

A journey steeped in new meanings through the Dolce&Gabbana archives, discovering the brand’s most authentic DNA: if it is true that fashion moves forward in search of ever-new expressions, when creativity is firmly rooted in its identity it knows how to transcend time and space. Thus, even when it is rethought, repurposed, reinterpreted through the eyes of the present and the consciousness of the past, it retains its most genuine nature while managing to speak to many different generations: everyone will see in it something different in which to recognize themselves.

A universal and inclusive language that gives voice to everyone’s desires and aspirations. Domenico, Stefano and Kim, with a leading role as the Collection’s curator, bring to life the dream of today’s woman, exalting feminine beauty in all its forms and expressions: a state of the soul, the attitude and courage that make every woman unique.

 FULL SHOW HERE.

VOGUE RECAP HERE.

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Dolce&Gabbana Women’s SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Dolce&Gabbana Women’s SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Dolce&Gabbana Women’s SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
Dolce&Gabbana Women's SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
Dolce&Gabbana Women’s SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Dolce&Gabbana Women’s SS23 via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Diesel NFT inside 360 MAGAZINE

DIESEL NFT

After a debut NFT collab with The Fabricant and Neuno recently, DIESEL’s place in the metaverse is expanding. Today, the company launches D:VERSE, a new NFT (non-fungible token) Collection that spans between the IRL and the virtual. 

D:VERSE is an engaging platform that includes unique NFT editions of runway showpieces, as well as physical (and limited-run) garments, sneakers and accessories. It also provides access to the D:VERSE family – via which DIESEL NFT holders will be able to meet through a private Discord channel – and to the D:VERSE-KEY, a token that will give exclusive rights for discounted NFT pre-sales, raffles, free airdrops, additional metaverse wearables, and news about new gaming and projects that DIESEL will continue to build for its community. 

DIESEL is kicking off D:VERSE with a NFT collection drop of one-of-a-kind showpieces from the Fall/Winter 2022 collection, which was just shown in Milan. These hero products (a fur jacket, a puffer jacket, a sneaker and an accessory) will be available on a first come, first serve basis until sold out—and one such NFT will be ultra-rare, in an edition of 1, with an exclusive auction taking place via Rarible, a DIESEL partner, on March 12. 

The transformation of these physical products into the digital realm will come with a special customization-option dedicated to this launch. The limited-edition sneakers, in particular, will have a color-way released with a vote that’s determined by DIESEL’s NFT owners.

Subscription to D:VERSE’s Whitelist closes on the evening of March 10. This Whitelist sign-up gives users access to a pre-sale window for the first NFT drop. Then, the public sale starts on March 12 and will only be available for 55 hours.

Old money and cryptocurrencies are accepted, and, through the platform, DIESEL will offer a tutorial for setting up an e-wallet. Plus, if you’re not a crypto-head, don’t worry: NFTs will also be available to purchase on nft.diesel.com