Fashion show have become the ultimate platform for a political statement, and yesterday's Gucci Cruise 2020 was no exception, though you may have missed it at first glance.
Why? Because it being Gucci, the runway was full of spectacularly over-the-top and trendsetting looks, and the front row was full of celebs, from Harry Styles to Stevie Nicks and Elton John.
The collection itself was flamboyant, full of colours, logos and embellishments, and if you looked beyond the sequins and feathers, you'll have seen that designer Alessandro Michele's creations were actually all about choice.
More specifically: the right to choose whether you want an abortion or not, the right of every woman to sexual and reproductive choices.
There was a jacket, which at the back featured the slogan, 'My body, my choice', a dress embroidered with a uterus and fallopian tubes (albeit in sequins, this is Gucci after all).
On Instagram, Gucci explained, 'This piece reflects the Creative Director’s continuing vision of freedom, equality and self-expression. Since founding @chimeforchange in 2013—the global campaign that represents and advocates for gender equality—@gucci has a longstanding commitment to women and girls by funding projects around the world to support sexual and reproductive rights, maternal health, and the freedom of individual choice.'
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Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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