Iam writing this from Milan, where I’ve just seen the latest Gucci ready-to-wear collection by genius designer Alessandro Michele, held in the house’s new show space on the outskirts of the city. Inside the venue, giant curtains of the most beautiful purple hue were lifted to reveal a raised runway housed in Perspex tubes on a stage dubbed “the Alchemist’s Garden: an anti-modern laboratory”.
Michele collaborated with photographer and artist Coco Capitán to create slogan T-shirts and the show invitation, which read: “What are we going to do with all the future?” Other slogans in Capitán’s signature sketchy font included “Common sense is not so common” and “Tomorrow is now yesterday”. And for his final bow, Michele wore his and Capitán’s favourite T-shirt, printed with the words: “I want to go back to believing a story.”
And so far this season, that is exactly what fashion is doing with determination: creating another story of our times in which acceptance and a healthy dose of fantasy reign supreme. Now that might all seem rather fickle, considering the very serious issues facing the world and the divisive nature of politics at the moment. But never underestimate the power of creative minds to shift the way we think or the power of determined minds to change our own minds (for good and sometimes bad).
Our cover star Karlie Kloss is a woman on many missions. While visiting Australia recently to walk in the David Jones show, Karlie took time to collaborate with us and home-grown graffiti artist Anthony Lister, who spray-painted the Vogue masthead above Karlie’s head for our cover on one of his street-art works at Bondi Beach.
Karlie wrote to fashion director Christine Centenera and I following the shoot to say how much she had enjoyed the day. For me, aside from being delightfully polite, she stands for so many things young women can aspire to.
Her work with Kode With Klossy, a movement to encourage young women to learn to code and take an interest in technology, is well aligned with our own Vogue Codes initiative. In London, the night before the Gucci show, she co-hosted the Fabulous Fund Fair with her friend and fellow philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, the third annual fundraiser in aid of Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation, which raises money for child support programs in Russia. She also created a range of cookies with New York’s famed Momofuku Milk Bar with the aim of raising funds to provide meals for disadvantaged children.
Never underestimate the power of fashion and those in the industry to make a real difference, even though sometimes it may have nothing to do with clothes.
Karlie Kloss in “Just add water”, from page 152, wears a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and earrings. Cartier ring.