I RECENTLY watched the movie House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga, who was brilliant in playing the infamous Patrizia Reggiani.
The film tracks Patrizia’s marriage to the fashion label’s scion Maurizio Gucci and her campaign to destroy her enemies from within the family and accede to power as the ultimate matriarch.
At one point Al Pacino’s character Aldo Gucci says that the business is ‘not a woman’s game’. This comment could be construed as misogynistic but in fact is a visceral response to Patrizia’s efforts to ruin the entire family. In the process of building what she thinks is best for the Gucci empire, she proceeds in typical Mafiosa style.
On the one hand, I feel sorry for her. But on the other hand, her behaviour and attitude mimics that of the set of gold diggers that I meet time and again in the London social scene. These manipulative, conniving females are lying in wait like snakes to get their hooks into some unsuspecting man and ruin his life. For the most part, they believe that they are ‘strong and independent’ and that they know better than any man. However, they suffer from total self-delusion – they are actually destructive and poisonous.
The movie is of course stylish and, as directed by Ridley Scott, feels true to the label’s ethos of modern glamour. I sat biting my nails for the moment that Tom Ford would appear (I dared to hope), and was delighted to see the relatively unknown actor Reeve Carney play the genius designer who heralded the new and exciting era of fashion that was Gucci in its early millennial heyday. Carney did not disappoint. He was as fresh-faced as he was unpredictable – upon reading the glowing reviews of his first show he excused himself to ring his mother in Texas.
In the end the film’s plot is a salutary tale. Women such as Signora Gucci should not be celebrated in society. Girls should be taught to be kind, supportive and loving, rather than to be so hell-bent on money and power that tearing down family structures is inevitable collateral damage. It is not only very unattractive but also tragic that the feminist movement has left many women seeing this as representing a strong and powerful female role model.
There should be no need for this as, contrary to Al Pacino’s words in the movie, everything today is already a woman’s game. The playing field already tilts in their direction. Nowadays, women can rise to the top in any given profession without having to exploit men or use their feminine wiles to do so. With the abilities and intellect of the fairer sex now fully appreciated, is it really in the best interests of society for women to become manipulative hard-core harpies? If they do, they should be prepared to suffer the consequences.