| The Label: Gucci is a $3 billion mega-brand
representing a trend-setting culture club for the jet-set elite.
But it wasn't always so: Grown out of Guccio Gucci's humble
saddle shop into a licenser of mass Italian class, Gucci almost
dissolved before seeing life again under the guiding light of
fashion god Tom Ford (pictured) and business partner Domenico
De Sole. The balance of corporate and creative strength was
disrupted in 2004 when the pair left the company after a disagreement
with owners, the Pinault-Printemps Group. The reins of the fashion
lion have been handed to a trio of designers trained by Ford.
The Look: Urban, aggressive seductress and her playboy
consorts. For men, the image veers closer to that of a pool
boy and his sugar daddy.
The Designers Now: Alessandra Facchinetti, womenswear;
John Ray, menswear; Frida Giannini, accessories.
The Designers Then: Tom Ford, who left the label in 2004,
is parlaying his magnetic charisma towards Hollywoodby
directing a film.
Who Wears It: Everyone. Literally every major celebrity
(A-, B-, C-, and D-list) has worn a Gucci piece at least once.
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