Since inspiration for fashion designers often comes subliminally, and often from unusual or unexpected places, with all the recent coverage of John Gotti’s funeral, it seems likely that the Mafia – and especially the natty ‘Dapper Don’ – will be next season’s muse. The newspapers can’t seem to get enough of the subject….coverage of the funeral and the John Gotti’s fashion ‘legacy’ were constant subjects in the New York Post last week, WWD ran a column yesterday ‘Fashionably Late’, which covered the fashions at the funeral as if it were Fashion Week, and just today, Guy Trebay’s column in the Fashion section of The New York Times, “Without Twisting Any Arms, Wiseguys Influence Fashion”, dealt with this subject. (Quite frankly, if you think about it, the fashion world, and the mob have quite a bit in common…as Trebay observed, it’s all about ”looking natty while acting nasty”). What’s next? A line of clothing with John Gotti’s name on it? In this business, nothing would surprise me!
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