The LACMA Art + Film Gala this weekend was presented by Gucci. So a lot of people wore Gucci. Of all the Gucci that we saw on the carpet, the standout, for me, was Zoe Saldana. It’s not for everyone. It’s not a problem. In fact, that’s why it was the best.
I love it for the reason most people probably hate it. Those shoulders. Those big, structured shoulders. Shoulders that are meant to be gigantic. Even confrontationally gigantic. Because conventionally of course the goal of style is to be “small”. And this is how size bias has conditioned us to prioritise certain shapes over others. But isn’t it boring to only want to see shoulders represented one way? Why can’t a dress pretend it’s also a football uniform? Why shouldn’t those shoulder-pads be topped with roses, almost as a defiant exclamation point?
I wonder if this dress is the descendant of Nicole Kidman’s Gucci parrot dress from last year. Equally as bold in the way it dares you to hate it.