GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection

When Harry Met Alessandro…

Inspired by the release of the Gucci HA HA HA collection — a synthesis of the bond between the brand's creative director Alessandro Michele and the artist Harry Styles — we share a visual essay capturing the beauty of friendship.

Words by John Pearson
Photography by Dennis Leupold
Creative by Alison Edmond

Friend, freund, amigo, venn, chaver, dost, ami. Whatever language we speak, this universal noun describes that special connection of enduring intimacy, trust, and support between two beings, the glue that holds us together.

Since the inception of social media, the concept has been repackaged as a currency, but in its original, physically present, form it is so much more, beholding a land of riches that is beyond calculus.

Genuine friendships are the comforters that keep us from becoming enemies to ourselves, reminding us of what truly matters. A friend is someone to lean on, laugh with, confide in; a soul who accepts us, warts and all, without judgement. A friend compliments our weaknesses with their strengths, allows for our mistakes. A friend guides and encourages us, and lights the way when we are lost. Friendship forms the foundation that propels us to shine, encourages us to be brave, seeing beyond our own perceived limits. Sharing our dreams with a friend, then being accountable, can be the creative thrust we need in supporting our intentions.

It is friendship that is at the heart of Gucci HA HA HA, a collaboration between two brilliant men who have come together to conjoin their talents. Gucci’s maverick creative director Alessandro Michele has, since his appointment in 2015, been leading the way in hip, sophisticated, luxury fashion. And, in collaborating with the musician and actor Harry Styles on their recently launched HA HA HA line, he has found a dance partner who radiates so dynamically the zeitgeist of the day.

Photographed below, atop the hills of Topanga Canyon, California, the HA HA HA collection cements their friendship in the best possible way, and gives us all an opportunity to be a part of their playful union.


 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Jaylen wears grey herringbone coat, knit green and pink tank, wide cut fade blue jeans. Right, Naythan wears green/white checkered suit, blue cotton shirt, brown felt hat, ted brooch, silk print neck scarf. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Jaylen wears grey herringbone coat, knit green and pink tank, wide cut fade blue jeans, ted necklace. Right, Naythan wears green/white checkered suit, blue cotton shirt, brown felt hat, ted brooch, silk print neck scarf, two tone black/white leather shoes. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Jaylen wears ivory suit, blue cotton shirt, tan print silk tie, black leather loafers. Right, Naythan wears patchwork leather bomber jacket, white shirt, ted brooch, brown checkered pants, tan loafers, black/white checkered cap. Leopard print hide suitcase on table, black leather eyelet bag on couch. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Jaylen wears ivory suit, blue cotton shirt, tan print silk tie, black leather loafers, black leather eyelet bag. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Naythan wears patchwork leather bomber jacket, brown checkered pants, tan loafers, black/white checkered cap, leopard print hide suitcase. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

All clothing from the GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection.
All clothing from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Jaylen wears red knit tank, red/white checkered pajama jacket, ted necklace. Right, Naythan wears blue denim suit, tan shirt with ivory frill detail, tan hat, tan handbag. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left and far right, Jaylen wears red knit tank, red/white checkered pajama jacket and matching pants, ted necklace. Near right, Naythan wears blue denim suit, tan shirt with ivory frill detail, tan hat, tan handbag, tan leather loafers. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Jaylen wears camel jacket, black/yellow stripe t shirt, ted necklace, silk print neck scarf, tan leather loafers. Right and far right, Naythan wears plaid three0piece suit, blue cotton shirt, ted brooch, felt hat with print neck scarf, two tone leather shoes. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection // 📸 : Dennis Leupold

 

GUCCI Ha Ha Ha collection
Left, Naythan wears plaid three-piece suit, blue cotton shirt, ted brooch, felt hat with print neck scarf, two tone leather shoes. Right, Jaylen wears camel jacket, black/yellow stripe t-shirt, ted necklace, silk print neck scarf, tan leather loafers. All from the GUCCI HA HA HA collection.

 


Grooming — Brent Lavett for Shu Uemura / Art of Hair
Digital Technician — Kevin Leupold

Fashion Assistant — Cameron Greene
Models — Naythan and Jaylen at Photogenics
Photographed at Rugged Ranch, Topanga, CA

John is a world-renowned male model who has been the face of countless leading fashion houses. During his 36-year modeling career he has also moonlighted as an actor, writer, restauranteur, editor, and producer. He co-founded Mr Feelgood to provide a safe space for candid discussion and sharing ideas.

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