Discovering Gucci... Crimes of Passion
………I can only imagine the wry smile of the shop assistant as she lay, using spotless white gloves, the pair of solid silver handcuffs on the velvet pad in the window of Gucci……and the satisfaction of the management of Gucci feeling that justice itself had been done by the act of laying them there.
It was a symbolic gesture, Patrizia had been tried and her verdict delivered the day that they appeared in Gucci’s windows in 1998, but according to many, it was pure coincidence.
Some believe, it was just a further fantasy of the erstwhile Creative Director Tom Ford, who had just about exhausted every conventional position for his “sex sells” style of hype and sensationalism for the brand.
But others saw it as the house distancing itself, and symbolic of it finally closing the lid on the Pandora’s Box of farcical scenes that had been played out in the law courts for the last three years and across decades in the social circles of Florence and Milan. No doubt, a soap opera with that many twists and turns, pathos and literally incredible story lines, made “The Bold and the Beautiful” look positively tame, and yet the irony was, that one of the two, was actually true.
And yet, one wonders, if this can be the end of such a story?…. Could a woman like Patrizia, now back amongst us, journey down a path of life well travelled?…. or could there be a sequel to follow?
…..and if so, could Gucci be forced to have a solid gold gem encrusted tracking device in its window instead?