Dapper Dan is finally getting his due — and taking all my money with him. The legendary Harlem designer made a name for himself in the ’80s customizing luxury brands like Gucci, but once the brands starting suing him, he was forced to close his brownstone atelier. Last year, Dan befriended current Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, who helped him reopen his shop. And now the Italian visionary and the hip-hop icon have released a collection together, and I want every piece.
The collection shows Gucci’s commitment to respecting Dapper Dan’s legacy, offering Dan’s aesthetic as filtered through Michele’s love of excess (and his obsession with typography). Taking cues from iconic pieces Dapper Dan made for Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, and Salt-N-Pepa, the collection features luxurious materials, accentuated logos, and classic Gucci motifs. It’s glitzy, over-the-top, and perfect, from the old-school tracksuits to the fanny packs and bucket hats.
The collection is available online and in Gucci stores. Read on for my favorite pieces.
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