Gucci's Alessandro Michele Speaks Out About The Sweater Resembling Blackface

Last week, Gucci apologized for a black sweater that, worn together with a matching balaclava, would give the appearance of Blackface. After an outcry, the products were removed from the website and stores. Following a public apology from the brand and an internal company memo, Creative Director Alessandro Michele has now broken his silence about the incident to his Gucci colleagues.\"It\'s important for me to let you know that the jumper actually had very specific references, completely different from what was ascribed instead,\" Michele writes to his colleagues in a memo shared on Fashionista. \"It was a tribute to Leigh Bowery, to his camouflage art, to his ability to challenge the bourgeois conventions and conformism, to his eccentricity as a performer, to his extraordinary vocation to masquerade meant as a hymn to freedom.\"The fact that, contrarily to my intentions, that turtle-neck jumper evoked a racist imagery causes me the greatest grief,\" he continues. \"But I am aware that someti