Gucci Launches Initiatives to Foster Cultural Diversity and Awareness

MILAN – Gucci is making good on its promise – and acting quickly.
The Italian luxury company revealed Friday the first four long-term initiatives to achieve cultural diversity and awareness throughout its organization and activities globally, following accusations last week that a Gucci balaclava-style sweater evoked blackface. 
The first four initiatives are:
-Hiring global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion;
-Setting up a multicultural design scholarship program;
-Launching a diversity and inclusivity awareness program;
-Launching a global exchange program.
Gucci is pledging to hire diverse talent within key functions and leadership positions of the group, including the design office, and will invest in educating all of its 18,000 employees around the world “to achieve a much higher level of global cultural awareness.”
President and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said Gucci accepted “full accountability for this incident, which has clearly exposed shortfalls in our ongoing strategic approach to embedding diversity and inclusion in both our organization and in our activities.”
In an interview with WWD earlier this week, Bizzarri pointed to “ignorance of this matter. Certainly, it was not intentional but this is not an excuse.”
A “thorough review of the circumstances that led to this” followed, said Bizzarri on Friday, explaining that he had “also engaged with

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Gucci Creative Director Responds To ‘Blackface’ Design

NEW YORK (AP) — Gucci’s creative director broke his silence Tuesday over an $ 890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention.

Alessandro Michele, a design force at the Italian fashion house, lamented in a letter to employees both his own pain and “that of the people who saw in one of my creative projects an intolerable insult.”

The black sweater with a pull-up neck featured a cutout surrounded by cartoonish red lips. Michele wrote that it was not inspired by blackface but by the late Leigh Bowery, a performance artist, club promoter and fashion designer who often used flamboyant face makeup and costumes.

Regardless, Michelle said, he takes “full accountability” for the sweater, which was pulled last week amid widespread criticism.

Gucci has apologized, saying in a previous statement posted on Twitter that it was committed to diversity and considered it a “fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

The balaclava-style sweater that covered the nose above the cutout was ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist. It emerged as attention in the U.S. was focused on old photos showing politicians with their faces blackened.

Other fashion brands have made similar missteps.

In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.

Michele’s internal letter was reported by the site Fashionista.com and Women’s Wear Daily.

Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s president and CEO, told WWD, “The lack of knowledge of diversity and the consequent understanding are not at the level we expected, despite all the efforts we did inside the company in the last four years.”

The company is now “evaluating all the processes” to ensure “the right level of awareness and visibility,” he said.

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50 Cent Sets His Gucci Clothes On Fire And Jamie Foxx Comes Through With More Altering Suggestions

The Gucci brand found itself in hot water after the blackface scandal. Now, 50 Cent sets his Gucci clothes on fire and posts it on Instagram. Watch his video below.

‘I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bellator,’ 50 Cent captioned her post.

Someone addressed rapper Tip and said ‘@troubleman31 ya should have a “Burn The House Down” (or similar clever name event where ya bring all your name brand clothes (those involved) and burn it!!! Make money off THEM! #FlipTheScript‼ @50cent … IF YOU AGREE REPLY TO THIS COMMENT & TAG YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST #ActionsSpeakLouderThanWords 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💯💯💯💯💯

Someone has a proposal for 50 Cent and said: ‘@50cent why not buy up more of their brands and take it to the slumps or war-wrecked countries, make the video of you donating their brands to this homeless war wrecked people, make a video documentary till the Gucci turns to rags within few days, then send this video out. Gucci is then for the poor.’

Another follower bashed him and said ‘This is an act of stupidity, there are less privileged out there, and you are here burning down Gucci what of dollars and you want us to clap for you.’

Here’s another similar opinion: ‘Like I said people like this and @troubleman31 are dumb as hell, burning your Gucci clothes that u spent ur hard earned money on? Hating on a brand that made a mistake, took it down and apologized immediately right after, then hating and bashing another brother cause he wanted to shop there minding his own? It doesn’t matter what Gucci did it’s how we as a people took it if Floyd wanna shop there that’s his damn choice how u gonna tell another man where he can spend his bread? This shit wack and corny what y’all doing, people, black & white still shop there and work in there as well, what u Gonna do hate Gucci’s forever. This is very low.’

Even Jamie Foxx commented on his post and here’s what he had to say.

One of The Shade Room’s followers said that ‘He should have donated it to the homeless. It’s already been purchased so what’s the harm in making some good out of a bad situation.’

What do you think about 50 Cent’s latest action?

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Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, we’ve spent a lot of time covering the fashion worn by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex — in fact, we dedicated a whole series to tracking her outfits. At the same time, we backed down from tracking Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, …

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Internal Memo from Gucci CEO Shows He’s Taking the Blackface Scandal Very, Very Seriously

On Sunday, just days after Gucci issued an official apology for its sweater that resembled blackface (and simultaneously pulled it from shelves), the Italian house’s preeminent creative collaborator Dapper Dan released a statement of his own. “I am a Black man before I am a brand,” he wrote in …

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Spike Lee Boycotts Gucci, Prada Over Blackface

MILAN (AP) — Director Spike Lee says he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some black designers, following a pair of blackface fashion fails.

Lee said on Instagram Friday that “It’s Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don’t Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP.”

Spike said the brands needed to have black designers “To Be In Da Room When It Happen.”

The personal boycott in the midst of movie awards season was a powerful message to luxury fashion houses that are already suffering backlashes for designs evoking racist images.

Gucci this week apologized for a high-neck black wool sweater that featured bright red lips when pulled over the face, while Prada apologized for a monkey bag charm resembling blackface in December.

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Gucci Issues Apology in Wake of Blackface Accusations

MILAN – Facing accusations that a balaclava-style sweater available on its online shop and physical stores evoked blackface, Gucci issued a statement on Thursday through its Twitter account.
“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make,” the statement read.
The black knit top is a turtleneck style covering the bottom half of the face with a cutout and giant red lips around the mouth. The item is no longer available on the brand’s online shop and the company said it was removed it from brick-and-mortar stores, as well.
“We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond,” the company remarked.

Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019

Social media users, especially on Twitter, expressed a wave of disapproval.
“Balaclava knit top by Gucci. Happy Black History Month y’all,” wrote Rashida, pointing to the annual observance in the U.S. and Canada celebrating

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Mom Of Gucci Mane’s Son Says She’s Living On Welfare While Rapper Lives It Up

World Famous Rapper Gucci Mane Shopping At The Gucci Store.

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The mother of Gucci Mane‘s 11-year-old son says she’s living on welfare and living in Section 8 housing while the boy’s famous father lives lavishly. Sheena Evans is seeking up to $ 20,000 in child support payments from the rapper and author, which would be an $ 18,000 increase.

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A hearing was held this week in the case brought by Gucci’s baby mama, Sheena Evans, who sued seeking an increase in the monthly support from the current $ 2,026 a month to $ 20k for their 11-year-old son, Keitheon.

In video shot by Dennis Byron at the hearing, her lawyer spoke to the judge and said her client lives in Section 8 housing, is on government assistance, receives food stamps and is on Medicaid … all while Gucci is making millions.

In her suit filed last year, Evans argued the rapper was making a substantial amount more since leaving prison in 2011.

Gucci’s baby mama took issue with him spending a considerable amount of money on fine jewelry and says when the rapper got married, he spent in excess of $ 1 million for his wedding.

Gucci Mane’s side says that the rapper’s finances have not increased despite Evans’ claims and wants the case tossed out.

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Beverley Callard slammed by Stan Collymore after claiming celebs make ‘mental health fashionable like a Gucci handbag’

FORMER footballer Stan Collymore has accused Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard of talking “crap” about mental health.

The former England striker hit out at actress Beverley over her fears that some celebs may play up their battles with depression.

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Stan Collymore described comments made by Corrie star Beverley as ‘crap’[/caption]

She said this week that stars could flaunt the illness “like a Gucci handbag”.

Beverley, who has herself suffered from depression, was backed by Good Morning host Piers Morgan.

He tweeted: “She’ll be hammered for saying this but it’s 100% true.”

But football pundit Collymore, 47, who has also suffered from mental health problems, called on others to ignore the pair.

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Beverley fears that celebs may start flaunting their battles with mental illness ‘like a Gucci handbag’[/caption]

He wrote: “Don’t bite! Just keep advocating and using your voice to help others.

“Are Callard or Morgan trained MH specialists?

“No, so let them waffle crap and concentrate on what you can do to inform and help others.”

Beverley, 61, has played Liz McDonald in the soap for 30 years.

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Beverley Callard has been open about her own mental health issues[/caption]

She is also an ambassador for mental health charity Mind.

She had to take two months off work in 2016 after breaking down in tears on the Corrie set over fears she did not measure up to her younger co-stars.

The actress felt like she was plunging into a “black hole”.

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Football pundit Stan urged stars to be open about their mental health[/caption]

Mind praised Beverley for her openness, saying she had helped save lives by inspiring sufferers to seek help.

But she warned this week there was a danger it could “become fashionable” to claim to suffer from such conditions.

She told Best magazine: “We have to be careful that mental illness doesn’t become like a Gucci handbag.”

Actress Sophie Turner, 22, who plays Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones, also hit out at the comment this week.


She tweeted that stars “have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness”.

Sophie added: “Please go ahead and shun them back into silence. T***.’’

But GMB host Piers, 53, replied: “Do you think abusing people helps their mental health, Ms Turner?

Maybe consider that question for your next virtue-signalling Twitter thesis on the subject?’’


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Gucci to Host Event During January’s Fashion Week in Milan

MILAN — Gucci will cap off the upcoming Men’s Fashion Week in January with a performance event here.
As Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana president Carlo Capasa revealed during a press conference on Wednesday presenting the schedule of the city’s upcoming fashion week, the fashion label — which will return to Milan in February with a coed show after it decamped to Paris last September for one season — will host the “Motus presents MDLSX with Silvia Calderoni” performance event at its Gucci hub headquarters on Jan. 14. The performance, which will be produced by independent theater company Motus and directed by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò, will blend a monologue by Calderoni and video projections exploring the notion of gender identity in a play inspired by the 2003 novel “Middlesex” by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides. Capasa dubbed the event “not to be missed,” noting how important it is for Gucci to be part of the official schedule.
Men’s Fashion Week will run Jan. 11 to 14 and while, as reported, the Giorgio Armani brand is the latest to join the likes of Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Salvatore Ferragamo to skip the January shows to host a coed runway event in February, Emporio Armani

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It’s been a few years since high-fashion collaborations began inundating the market, and houses are still eager to couple up with each other to boost everything from product sales to consumer visibility and engagement. Whereas Virgil Abloh has become the industry’s most prolific collaborator (he …

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Gucci Mane’s next project Evil Genius is just a few weeks away from hitting the streets so you can expect the ATLien to begin churning out new work in the coming weeks to build a buzz for the December 7th release.

Holding court in what seems to be an abandoned church, Gucci Mane and Kevin Gates get things lit while seemingly ready to commit sin with the thick young women in attendance for the clip to “I’m Not Goin’.”

From the south to the north, Tory Lanez throws a little soiree in his home where A Boogie and a bevy of young women join him for some red light special fun in the clip to “If It Ain’t Right.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from XXXTentacion & Lil Pump featuring Maluma and Swae Lee, Mozzy, and more.

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TORY LANEZ FT. A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “If IT AIN’T RIGHT”

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MOZZY – “ONE OF MINES”

LITTLE SIMZ – “BOSS”

OSBS & LIL XAN – “OSB ANTHEM”

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Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto Are Faces of New Gucci Guilty Campaign

FRIGHT NIGHT: Gucci is getting ready to tell a new scent story with Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey. Channeling the same unconventional spirit as the soon-to-be launched campaign, the fashion house will host a party in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Friday night to formally announce Leto and Del Rey as the new faces of its Gucci Guilty fragrances.
Both are noted Los Angeles-based musicians; Leto is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the multiplatinum selling band Thirty Seconds to Mars and also an Academy Award-winning actor, while Del Rey is an Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter known for her stylized cinematic quality and glamour.

Jared Leto wearing Gucci to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in March.</p>
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Leto and Del Rey will attend the event, joining Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. The enigmatic, eclectic and glamorous duo will show off these sides of their characters in the campaign’s video and images, which also reveal the new bottle design for Gucci Guilty Pour Femme.
Also in attendance will be Courtney Love, recording the night as it unfolds on the Stories of Gucci Beauty’s Instagram account. The singer-songwriter and actress has a guest appearance in the new campaign, which was directed by Glen Luchford with

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Marco Bizzarri on Tapping Alessandro Michele at Gucci

I DID IT MY WAY: “It was extreme luck,” said a relaxed Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, of tapping Alessandro Michele as creative director of the brand almost four years ago.
A week after Gucci reported a 35.1 percent jump in organic sales to 2.1 billion euros in the third quarter, Bizzarri went over the stages of the remarkable trajectory of the brand under his lead and that of Michele during Altagamma’s first Next Design Perspectives event in Milan on Tuesday. “It was the first time I had the opportunity to choose the designer to work with,” said Bizzarri, recalling his first meeting with Michele at his home in Rome, surrounded by antiques and wearing his fur loafers, which he designed for himself and which would become best-selling and trend-setting items globally.
“The personal connection is as important as talent, and it was more an emotional rather than a rational choice; he was aligned with me,” said the executive, pointing to Michele’s different vision for Gucci from what had been done in the past. “I would love to say it was a formula, but there is a huge dose of luck, I did it my way and it

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The head of Gucci has reassured shop staff over a looming slowdown in the pace of sales growth after a revenue explosion at the Kering -owned label, according to an internal video message seen by Reuters.


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