Good news for our fashion Rebels out there, the legacy of Dapper Dan will continue to live on and prosper! It wasn’t too long ago when Gucci finally acknowledged Harlem famed Hip Hop couture tailor and designer Dapper Dan (real name Daniel Day) of his influence for their 2017 Resort Collection.
Dan’s designs and style aesthetic made a huge impact not only during the 1980s thru early 1990s but has since resurfaced at Gucci (literally) where it caused a social media uproar and fans of Dan’s work and his legacy objected and demanded acknowledgement of the historical style influence Gucci was capitalizing off of by replication. It happened. Just when you thought that was the end of it, Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele took many steps forward and here we are today with a new partnership between Dapper Dan and Gucci for a new tailored menswear campaign!
Dapper Dan will also be re-opening his once treasured store (his original store was shut-down due to severe debt from major lawsuits brought about by the luxury brand designers Dan acquired) in Harlem.
“I was just excited about it being there,” he expressed to the Times regarding Gucci copying his designs. “The part about appropriation, Alessandro and I are part of two parallel universes. The magic that took place as a result of what he did was bringing these two parallel universes together. That opened a dialogue between us when we finally got in touch with each other. I found out how similar our experiences were, the way he grew up and the way I grew up, and how he was influenced by me. I was never apprehensive about what took place. The public was more up in arms than me.”
Occasionally, public outcry can be a catch-22, this time it worked out better than even the dapper man himself, could ever dream. The collaboration is moving forward towards a capsule collection to come out next spring reported by Dazed. What fresh, uniquely street chic pieces are to come? There’s no telling, however there is no better man to push it through that Mr. Dapper Dan, get excited.
Introducing Dapper Dan @dapperdanharlem, the face of the new men’s #GucciTailoring campaign. Chosen by creative director #AlessandroMichele, the designer is captured in a series of portraits around his neighborhood of Harlem. He wears a dark grey Signoria suit with all over fil coupé details, a striped wool turtleneck, white socks and moccasins with tiger head and tassel accents. Photography: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds
“Dapper Dan broke the codes of #Gucci, and he broke the codes of other big fashion brands but then he used them. I like the way he used those luxury House codes to inject personality into the expression of them. For this campaign he’s interesting; I didn’t want a model, I wanted a person to show how the codes of tailoring can become something personal,” #AlessandroMichele. @dapperdanharlem features in the new men’s #GucciTailoring campaign in a bee windowpane New Marseille tailored suit, heart fil coupé shirt, bow tie and Bordeaux leather booties with embroidered dragon appliqué. Photography: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds Creative director: #AlessandroMichele