FASHION 40

Fashion (Canada) - - Contents - Noreen Flanagan

We don’t have a crys­tal ball to tell us what’s next for FASHION, but we do have a stun­ning Gucci crys­tal mask...and the future looks very bright in­deed.

The en­ve­lope for Gucci's Fall 2017 in­vi­ta­tion fea­tured an im­age of an ouroboros de­vour­ing its tail. In­side, there was a vinyl record that had a sleeve with this hand-scrawled mes­sage from Coco Cap­i­tan: "What are we go­ing to do with all this future?" The 25-year-old Span­ish artist cap­tured a timely sen­ti­ment that we're all feel­ing, whether it's about pol­i­tics, cli­mate change—or pub­lish­ing. Will mag­a­zines be around in an­other 4o years? An­other five? For me, this evoca­tive crys­tal-em­bel­lished Gucci mask is a sur­real metaphor for a future that is daz­zling but un­know­able. And, like the myth­i­cal ouroboros de­picted on Alessan­dro Michele's in­vite, it's a re­minder that we're al­ways in a state of in­tro­spec­tion and rein­ven­tion.

ON THE NYC SET WITH COVER MUSE AM­BER WIT­COMB. DRESS, $43,350, JUMPSUIT, $8,545, AND MASK, $1,215, GUCCI.

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