Gucci embraces the return of New York Fashion Week with a new fall capsule collection in collaboration with emerging New York-based Haitian American designer Azède Jean-Pierre. In continuation with Gucci’s efforts to support independent young designers, the Italian house enlisted Jean-Pierre for her casual but meticulous design through elevated essentials.
Azede Powered by Gucci focuses on knitwear, where she and Gucci reinterpret the ‘coatigan’ (a coat-cardigan hybrid), and utilize interesting line seams and contrasting textures such as ribs and jacquards in bodysuits, gender-neutral draping shirtdresses, and sculpted pants. The pieces live in soft tones of rose, cream, ocean blue, and black, and subtly stamped with Jean-Pierre’s logo.
The knits are sophisticated and tailored, reimagining classic styles with comfort in mind. Made with extra-fine merino wool and cashmere woven in Italy, the capsule brings comfort to polish, and offers staples that can be worn from fall to spring, from work to play.
“My perspective has been seamlessly met with a translation of what Gucci has re-emerged to symbolize for both a people and a generation that come together at such an intimate time — and at boldly reflective stages — of social identity and self-discovery… for all of us,” said Jean-Pierre. “AJP, as my cult support has always known it, but made by Gucci. This one, is for all of us.”
In honor of the collection, Gucci is donating to CORE, a non-profit that brings aid and recovery to underserved communities around the world in crisis response. The funds will support CORE’s long-term relief work in Haiti, going towards emergency shelter for tens of thousands of people who are misplaced by hurricane season and earthquakes, as well as the rebuilding of homes to withstand future natural disasters.
“I have been trying to support their mission as best I can through the years because I have witnessed firsthand the wonderful work they are doing in Haiti over the past 11 years. The news of the recent devastating earthquake and the tropical storm has been difficult, but it highlighted the importance of supporting their essential work, and further strengthened my resolve to do so,” Jean-Pierre told WWD. “I am very grateful to Gucci for stepping up the support and amplifying the message of unity, community engagement, and positive social change.”
Jean-Pierre tells the story of the collection in a short film shot by award-winning writer-director Ibra Ake, which stars models Alton Mason and Riley Montana, who are styled by Kollin Carter. Three-time Grammy-winning Haitian artist Wyclef Jean soundtracks the film and dancer Fatima Robinson choreographs. All visuals of the capsule are captured on film, including the oceanside photography by Keith Oshiro.
View the pieces in the capsule below.
The limited-edition capsule will arrive in a bi-coastal launch this September at Gucci Wooster and Dover Street Market Los Angeles. END
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