Gucci’s racked up a number of high-profile collaborations over the past few years. From major league baseball to an exclusive capsule with Brooklyn graffiti artist Trouble Andrew, the Italian brand gets major brownie points for experimentation under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. The collaborations have spanned from high-profile to slightly more obscure – in 2017, Michele worked with interiors editor Martina Mondadori Sartogo on a capsule collection of intricate Roman-inspired chairs. The same year, they pulled off a mega-viral collaboration with Spanish artist and photographer, Coco Capitan.
The latest limited-edition drop is a collaboration with American director, Harmony Korine – best known for cult classic Kids and indie film Gummo – and comes after the brand’s book collaborations with American designer Dapper Dan and photographer Ari Marcopoulos. This isn’t Korine’s first creative run with Gucci. The brand’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection was also shot by him, starring Harry Styles decked out in Gucci’s spin on tailored classics – adorable piglet in tow. Instead of photographs, Korine signature playful illustrations don the front and back of the hardcover book.
Korine’s usual kitsch aesthetic makes way for a slightly more sophisticated feel with this collaboration, which isn’t hard considering the backdrop of choice. Shot in the ancient towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the images, which also feature Gucci’s pre-fall 2019 collection, are nothing short of grandiose. The UNESCO world heritage sites serve as backdrops for Michele’s curated looks and as part of Gucci’s larger ongoing initiatives to promote cultural heritage sites all over the world.
You can bag a copy of Gucci by Harmony Korine online at IDEA books. Browse the images above.