Gucci Domination Continues At Store Opening in Soho

Luxury fashion brand Gucci opened its new 10,700 square foot store on 63 Wooster Street on Saturday, May 5, 2018, with the festivities beginning at 9 PM. The store is an ode to the luxury culture of Gucci and designed to connect the consumers to the brand on a more intimate level.Gucci’s clothing usually departmentalized while this shop is all about storytelling, manager Dan Winchester explained (unlike its more conventional flagship store at Trump Tower).

Salma Hayek, Alessandro Michele, Dapper Dan, and Francois Pinault

The front of the store contains a capsule collection of Dapper Dan clothing which will be sold exclusively at the Soho location for the next two months. Dapper Dan is a tailor from Harlem who loves to take old pieces and make them new with Dapper Dan tracksuits and jackets available in Gucci material. Much of the store mixes preppy with sporty where expertly tailored designs paired with sneakers and loafers allow customers to have some fun with pricey fashion.

Gowns on a rack

Prices for one-of-a-kind off the runway gowns can range from $30,000-$50,000; premium jewelry pieces can be upwards of $100,000, and Gucci designed chairs range from $3,000-$5,000 – his store sells everything. The massive screen in the middle of the store features independent films viewed with wireless headsets, and a bookstore/ library placed in the back.

Dressing room for all Gucci items

There will be all kind of perks set up for those termed “VIG”‘s (Very Important Gucci purchasers), including free shipping and tailoring; buying customers cake on their birthday, and making people feel at home in the store. The store conceptualized by Alessandro Michele and his staff in Italy and has been hurriedly in the works for the past four months so its opening would coincide with the Met Gala.

Jared Leto, Alessandro Michele and Lieba Nesis

Alessandro Michele, 47, creative director of Gucci since 2015 has taken the fashion world by storm with his unique designs of snakes, tigers, and bows. Michele’s long hair and mix-and-match attire were on full display this evening as he stood in the center greeting attendees.

Gucci model Petra Collins

Wunderkind Michele is responsible for all of Gucci’s collections as well as its global brand image; a task that would be difficult for twenty designers to execute. His effortless creations have revolutionized the fashion world ranging from his fur loafers and bow tie shoes to his tiger and snake sweaters and dresses.

Princess Deena Abdulaziz and Rushka Bergman

His maximalist designs where “more is more” have also spearheaded a new movement in menswear where men are encouraged to experiment with floral embroidered tuxedos with intricate embellishments and suits that are daring, yet dignified. However, while Michele may be the face of the brand a significant amount of credit goes to CEO Marco Bizzarri who began at Gucci in 2014 and almost immediately named Michele creative director.

Lieba Nesis and CEO Marco Bizzarri

Bizzarri also utilized some brilliant strategic moves including ending the brand’s markdown policy, favoring cross-gendered collections and fashion shows and amplifying Gucci’s digital strategy to increase its customer base on social networks. The results have been astounding with sales rising 45% to 7.6 billion in 2017. Bizzarri looks like an Italian movie star with his 6 ft. 5-inch frame, smashing accent and black-rimmed glasses and suit. He tried unsuccessfully to keep a low profile but was congratulated continually by the enthusiastic crowd. Celebrities love Gucci and tonight more than 500 fashion luminaries, superstars, and eccentric New Yorkers came out to pay homage to the brand and its master.

Linda Fargo, Alexandre Assouline, and Bjorn Wallande

The massive, sweltering room contained fashion influencers Linda Fargo, Stefano Tonchi and Hamish Bowles. Standing next to Michele was his clone-actor Jared Leto who wears almost exclusively Gucci and looks fantastic doing it. Crowds of admirers bombarded the two.

Alessandro Michele, Jared Leto, and ASAP Rocky

Handsome Rapper ASAP Rocky joined Michele and was kind enough to patiently pose for pictures with fans – a rarity in the celebrity world. ASAP will not be attending this year’s Met Gala since he is busy working on a new album. Hats off to this prince of a man who was kind enough to get on the phone with my nephew – who is a major fan.

Xinni and Nicky Hilton

Joining Rocky was rapper A Boogie, Paris Jackson, and Nicky Hilton. The group “Surfbort” performed in the back of the room as waiters handed out hors-d’oeuvres and cannolis. At 11:30 PM

Salma Hayek and Francois Pinault

Salma Hayek, clad in head-to-toe Gucci, arrived with her husband Francois Pinault who is Chairman and CEO of Kering (which owns Gucci). Hayek stayed for a short time but was warm and friendly shaking hands with attendees and embracing Michele. At 12 AM the crowd came to a standstill when Queen Rihanna waltzed in with an NY shirt, a black hat and significant eyelashes.

All wearing Gucci Left to Right:  Jean Chung, Britt Bivens, Cheikh Tall and Achok Majak

Rihanna entered a dressing room, stayed there for a half hour and then exited surreptitiously through the back door. Unfortunately, long gone Michele and Bizzarri missed out on the epic entrance of badgalRiRi – someone who mirrors the brands’ paradigm of rebellion and self-expression.

– Lieba Nesis

Lieba Nesis

My love of fashion, writing and photography were something that always dominated my lifestyle however it wasn't until I was approached by the editor of Lookonline that I realized I could utilize these three skills in combination.

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