Dapper Dan’s Gucci Collection Is Finally Here

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It’s Gucci in Harlem

The work the minds of Dapper Dan and Gucci's Alessandro Michele created is finally seeing the light of day. After a non-scandal scandal last fall, with the luxury label being called out for stealing decades-old ideas from iconic Harlem, New York, tailor Dapper Dan, the pair has released previews of the collaboration.

Speaking with The New York Times following the revelation that elements of Gucci's 2018 resort collection closely resembled Dapper Dan designs, the tailor said there was never any hard feelings between him and the fashion house. "The part about appropriation, Alessandro and I are part of two parallel universes," he said. "The magic that took place as a result of what he did was bringing these two parallel universes together." He added, "The public was more up in arms than me." 

Now, a few months later, Dapper Dan is being honored with his very own Gucci collection that was celebrated earlier this month at Gucci's new SoHo storefront in New York City. Sequin bombers and tailored tracksuits boast over-the-top logos, harping back to Dapper Dan's use of luxury logos in the '80s and '90s. It's a collection that perfectly marries Gucci's luxe streetwear sensibility with the sophisticated cool of Dapper Dan. "This next phase of the collaboration with the Harlem tailor, who built a cult following in New York in the 1980s and early 1990s, takes its cue from his archive and re-imagines the types of garments and accessories for which he is known for in Gucci’s luxury materials," a press release for Gucci states. 

This is but the first of what's going to be many Gucci collaborations. The house announced there will be more collections like this with "icons that have transcended the passage of time and align with the Houses’ distributive spirit." Dapper Dan is setting the bar high. Check out the collection, below.

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Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."