Unless you have friends that work at the bar in the festival and you’re able to get special discounts, then don’t attempt to drink when you’re at a festival! I was at LA Pride this weekend and I was ready to turn up. I didn’t pay for a ticket and I was given another ticket that was only good for coming in and not returning. Therefore, I had to chose rather to party inside or leave and party outside. At the time, I thought that the party was going on inside the festival but little did I know that the party was actually outside at the bars. I spent $50 on alcohol and did not get even tipsy!
You have to understand my frustration with this given the fact that I try to be really frugal with my money. I figured, yes drinks are going to be a lot more expensive at the festival, but, at least I’ll have a buzz! I was so fucking wrong! I basically paid $50 for watered down juice.
I swear to God, I wanted to turn back around to the bartender and slap him right in his face. I wasted so much money for no reason at all. So, DOnt even waste your time trying to get drunk at a festival unless your privileged in any type of way that it would not be an expense for you!
There are a lot of trends that come and go and some that last for ever. Gucci presents their cruise collection with nothing but the classics that makes us remember why we love Gucci.
Amongst having their cruise collection, it wouldn’t be extraordinary if it wasn’t in a unique place and Palatina Gallery at Pitti Palace could not have been more appropriate.
The attendees were not only given the fashion show, but also a tour of the gallery. The show was also a part of the multi-faceted cultural project that will help to restore, preserve and improve the Boboli Gardens. Dating back to the 16th century, the gardens are being preserved for future generations and house a “unique ecosystem” of flora and fauna that were brought to Tuscany from various corners of the globe, centuries ago.
Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, says: “This collaboration represents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and sustain Florence’s cultural splendour and I would like to thank all the institutions that are involved. Gucci is a global brand with strong roots in Florence. The success we have achieved in recent years through the vision of our Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, is reliant upon the skills, spirit of innovation, passion and abilities of the craftspeople and everyone else who works for the brand in Florence and the surrounding area.” Bizzarri continued, “following the presentation of the last two Cruise collections, in the art district of New York in 2015 and in the cloisters at London’s Westminster Abbey in 2016, staging the next Cruise collection show in the heart of Florence has special meaning, particularly as Alessandro is constantly inspired by the city’s Renaissance masterpieces.”
Although the the show was a hit, there was a striking outfit that had many people outraged. Did Gucci Rip Off Dapper Dan?
Luxury Brands did not want anything to do with rap culture thus, closing its doors on the now multi billion dollar market just to turn around decades later and copy the same style from the so called undesirables.
Dapper Dan was the hero to go to if you were P. Diddy and other influential 90’s rapers that wanted custom luxury items because Louis Vuitton and Gucci wouldn’t work with you. Dapper Dan mastered the screen printing art and would make Louis button and other monographic designs in order too cater to his clients. Unfortunately he was shut down due to a few major luxury brand came after him for copyright infringement.
But look how the tables have turned!
This Monday Gucci held their fashion show for their cruise collection and it featured monogram shirts and bags and this tribute to Dapper Dan. Gucci Cruise 2018 fashion show at Palatina Gallery in Florence, Italy
The sad irony is that he was shut down for copyright infringement and then decades later the same people come right back behind him and steal his designs without crediting him.
Essence writer Julee Wilson put it like this: “Beyond plagiarizing—which is huge issue by itself—there is also the problem of cultural appropriation. Black culture (along with other ethnic cultures) is continually pillaged by the fashion and beauty industries without receiving its proper recognition.”
The fact that brands are now copying his work hasn’t been lost on Dapper Dan himself, who told Vice in 2014: “The real impact hasn’t hit yet until all the young people know. When all the young people know, then I’ll feel like, “OK, y’all thought we couldn’t do this, and now y’all are copying me…” I pick up the paper and I think, Oh, God, if I was white…”
Do you think they should have credited Dapper Dan? Could this be a possible collaboration in the works?