Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 - Milan Fashion Week, September 2016
"In the past two years, [Gucci has] implemented a complete turnaround of our company, following our mantra of being the voice of self-expression," Marco Bizzarri, the brand's president and chief executive officer, told WWD. "Attracting, retaining and promoting talent, while celebrating ethnic, age, sexual and gender diversity, sexual orientation, and gender identity across the company, is our mission, which is completely consistent with the vision of our parent company, Kering."
Positive headway indeed — and other brands will have to take note, both in terms of their marketing decisions and how they treat those on their payroll. Customers are vocal about their desire for diverse and inclusive representation, and designers risk falling behind if their work doesn't reflect that. Now, let’s hope the progress continues at other prominent fashion labels.