Bo and his mom.
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If you would join the rest of the world to watch Gucci House this weekend you are certainly aware of Patrizia Reggiani’s penchant for a bit of drama. I mean, the day her ex-husband was shot – by the hitman she hired – there was only one word in her diary: “Paradeisos”.
It’s Greek for “paradise”, and what I mean is that this woman has an extraordinary sense of drama. But while the film details the events that led to the murder of Maurizio Gucci and the Italian socialite’s 29-year prison sentence, what it didn’t include was what Reggiani did after his release. from prison. Of course, I was curious about this. What does a woman like that do for a living after all these stories?
Looks like Reggiani wondered the same thing. When she applied for parole in 2011, provided she could find a job, she decided she preferred to stay in prison: “I’ve never worked in my life and I’m definitely not going to start now”, said she declared to the Court of Milan.
But in 2014, after serving 17 years of her sentence, she seemed to have changed her mind. She agreed to start working for Milan-based jewelry company Bozart, a brand known for its opulent and garish costume jewelry, and released a line of handbags and jewelry months after being released from prison.
The collection, inspired by his pet macaw âBoâ, is quite consistent with Bozart’s aesthetic (in that it’s a lot). But beyond that, it seems to me exactly the sort of thing someone with Reggiani’s particular past could create:
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The company, which fared much better in the days when large, glitzy earrings and rhinestone dog collars were still in vogue, seems to have hired the so-called “Black Widow” as a way to arouse the interest of public relations. It didn’t really work. Bozart declined to comment for this story, but his co-owner, Alessandra Brunero, said being Reggiani’s de facto guardian – responsible for making sure the socialite sticks to her parole and rebuilding her life – n it wasn’t child’s play. (“Oh, mama mia, it’s not easy,” she exclaimed at the Guardian in 2016.)
In the same story, Brunero explained that Reggiani spent much of his workday advising on design and reading fashion magazines, while the other store co-owner, Maurizio Manca, added that the inspired line of his employee’s macaw was a great success. However, he received no media coverage, which Manca claimed because “someone at Gucci” had apparently told reporters not to publish. (A Rude The Italian fashion editor had a different opinion: âThe fashion body probably just didn’t like the parrot designs. “)
And speaking of parrots, what happened to Bo? The good news is that the avian muse is still spotted on her owner’s shoulder as she walks through Milan, where she now lives as a free woman, perhaps thanks to millions of dollars from her estate. ex-husband she received in court.
It’s unclear if she still consults for Bozart, and although I have scoured eBay Italia and other unknown pockets of the internet, I cannot find a single piece from the collection. I guess that means all we have left of this little piece of Gucci history are a few photos, which I now offer to those of you who are obsessed with every facet of this exciting woman’s life. and murderous:
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Photo: WENN / Alamy Stock Photo