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 Hollywood—by 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.

Contact Info:
685 Fifth Ave.
840 Madison Ave.

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