By: Amy Rosner By: Amy Rosner | October 4, 2021 | Style & Beauty
100 years of the Double G that continues to define modern luxury.
To celebrate the legacy of the brand, Gucci announces the arrival of a brand new series of Gucci pop-ups.
These ephemeral stores provide a captivating shopping experience, dedicated to Gucci 100: the collection that pays tribute to the centennial of the Maison.
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Gucci 100 manifests a deep connection between two universal languages, the language of clothing as an expression of personal identity and the language of music that recalls a collective memory.
Showcasing the products in an immersive, dedicated environment which reflects Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s unconventional approach to luxury fashion, the initiative is aimed at connecting and engaging with clients over the world and their surrounding communities.
The stores will be launched in a variety of locations nationwide, including New York’s Meatpacking District, a new neighborhood for the House, Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza, and South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court.
Gucci’s Meatpacking District location includes a full takeover of a historic neighborhood building featuring the pop-up on the ground floor and an additional two floors. You can only access this 18,000 square foot space with an appointment, because well, it’s Gucci. They can be elite like that.
Additionally, Gucci’s Pop-Up at Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza space features 5500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that have been completely transformed.
Other in-store pop-up locations will appear in existing stores in Houston, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Toronto.
The Gucci 100 Pop-Ups showcase the collection in a multi-dimensional atmosphere defined by the juxtaposition of classic architectural details and visionary features like perimetral arches, LED, and white reflective floors.
Mirroring the collection itself, the pop-ups celebrate the connection between past and present, made tangible through music. By spinning a wheel placed on the side of a cabinet, visitors are invited to discover the playlist of the handpicked songs from different decades – all namechecking Gucci.
“The centennial, for me, represents an opportunity to bear witness to Gucci’s eternal vitality that year after year, is reborn, it renews itself, reestablishing an unusual relationship with contemporaneity as a boy, forever young, observing the world with a powerful vision,” Alessandro Michele.
“I recognized the manifestation of its youth in its having intercepted and traversed, for one hundred years now, popular culture in all its forms. Above all, in music: the only medium, aside from fashion, more reactive to the times that mutate and mark the new, the today, the now.”
It all begins with reflections on a number: 22,705. This is the extensive number of songs in which the word ‘Gucci’ appears among the lyrics from 1921 to date according to Music Data Company, Musixmatch.
Ready-to-wear and accessories feature the Gucci 100 logo or are adorned with verses from three songs chosen by Alessandro Michele from among the countless tracks that mention the brand.
The campaign features Jazz, Psychedelic, Japanese Punk, Disco, Hip Hop, Afrobeat; these genres serve as the musical backdrops to a century-long journey in which a cast of characters moves through an evolution of sounds, harmonies, movements, tastes, and styles.
Shot by Joshua Woods under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, the campaign channels love for life itself, the pleasure of conviviality, the beauty of dance, the overwhelming energy of music, and the thrill of performance.
Creative Director: Alessandro Michele
Art Director: Christopher Simmonds
Photographer & Director: Joshua Woods
Makeup: Diane Kendal
Hair: Paul Hanlon
“It isn’t a revisionist attempt to rummage through the past: if anything, mine is a ‘reverse’ revisionism of the House’s history, stitched back together by a piercing note, a melody, a refrain. Also because, if I were to depict Gucci, for me it would be an eternal teenager who hangs out at places where music is heard and played”, says Michele.
Photography by: Courtesy Gucci