The pictures from the movie set are stylish: Lady Gaga in a classic Gucci-check trench clinging to a turtleneck-clad Adam Driver as he coolly steers a scooter close to the Lake Como coast. Other pictures present the actors kissing in a canoe, sporting fashionable ski apparel and beaming on the wedding day of their characters, Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci.
Still, not everybody in the real-life Gucci family is thrilled to see their historical past play out on the large display.
“They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system,” Patrizia Gucci’s, Maurizio’s cousin, complained to Associated Press of director Ridley Scott and his collaborators. She is especially piqued at Al Pacino taking part in her grandfather Aldo, a son of the style home’s founder, Guccio. She claimed that “House of Gucci” — scheduled to hit theaters in November and based mostly on Sara Forden’s 2000 “The House of Gucci” — portrays her grandfather as “fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Shameful … ”
But nothing is as ugly and shameful because the real story behind the movie.
On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci was trying ahead to wedding ceremony his girlfriend of 4 years, Paola Franchi, a reasonably artist with whom he shared an opulent condominium on Milan’s unique Corso Venezia.
Dressed in a designer swimsuit and a camel coat, Maurizio walked to his workplace and nodded to a doorman. Then the primary bullet hit him within the again.
Another silenced bullet struck Maurizio’s beneath the waist. A third glanced his arm. He fell to the bottom and took the coup de grâce: a deadly slug to the cranium by an unseen shooter.
The doorman had been shot within the arm and sat, dazed, on a step as police sirens echoed by way of the luxurious neighborhood. The killer, in the meantime, negotiated a clear exit and received away scot-free.
“Never before do I remember a murder like that, right in the center of Milan,” Maurizio Manca, proprietor of town’s Bozart Jewelry, advised The Post. “It would be like seeing the president of Tiffany killed in front of his store on Fifth Avenue.”
Guccio Gucci launched his baggage firm in Florence in 1921. He had labored as a bellhop at London’s Savoy Hotel and been impressed by the elegant suitcases of prosperous vacationers. The model expanded to purses and different equipment within the ’30s and began making clothes with the 1968 opening of its Beverly Hills boutique. By then, the double-G emblem counted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Princess Grace of Monaco as followers.
But over the following 20 years, household drama fractured the enterprise, as two of Guccio’s grandsons tried to launch spinoff manufacturers capitalizing on the well-known identify. A 3rd, Maurizio, gained management of the primary firm within the early ’80s after wresting it away from his uncle Aldo.
Maurizio was recognized for his extravagant spending — shopping for houses all over the world and a picket yacht as soon as owned by delivery tycoon Stavros Niarchos.
“Maurizio was not a businessman; he was a playboy,” Karen Homer, writer of “Little Book of Gucci,” advised The Post.
In 1972, he married Patrizia Reggiani, who got here from a “humble background,” in accordance with Luisa Zargani, the Women’s Wear Daily bureau chief in Milan.
Reggiani liked spending simply as a lot as Maurizio did. Known as “Lady Gucci,” she lustily embraced her new life and personified the model at its most outré: swanning round in mink coats, dripping with diamonds, touring with the jet-set.
“She loved jewelry and big furs. You could call her a social climber,” mentioned Zargani. “She attended the big parties but was not sophisticated or refined. It was all about appearances.”
The couple had two daughters, Alessandra and Allegra. But in 1985, Maurizio went on a enterprise journey — and by no means got here dwelling. He had left Reggiani for a youthful girl. His ex reportedly obtained $500,000 in alimony a 12 months as half of the divorce settlement.
But the Gucci model was in monetary bother. Maurizio organized in 1988 to promote 47.8 % of it to the Bahrain-based Investcorp, which additionally owned Tiffany. Even that wasn’t sufficient to stem the outflow of cash, particularly as Maurizio continued to spend freely on Gucci headquarters in Florence and Milan.
In 1993, Maurizio bought the remaining shares to Investcorp — netting himself a windfall of $170 million and severing household ties with the corporate his grandfather based.
After Maurizio’s assassination, which was the speak of Milan excessive society, folks questioned if perhaps his monetary woes had one thing to do along with his dying.
“There were thoughts that he had borrowed money from the wrong people,” mentioned Zargani. “They thought that maybe it was a vendetta.”
By 1997, the seek for Maurizio’s killer had hit a useless finish. Then a person named Gabriele Carpanese reached out to detectives — and unspooled a story of jealousy, cash and murder.
He claimed that Reggiani wished revenge on her ex, the person who had constructed her up in Milan society after which broke her down by way of the course of their divorce. Maurizio promoting the style firm added insult to her injured ego.
“She was livid when he sold out to Investcorp,” writer Homer advised The Post. Even as his ex, “it took her crown away. She was not the Gucci Princess anymore.”
Reggiani did little to cover the sentiments she had for Maurizio. According to “The House of Gucci,” she advised her maid: “If it’s the last thing I do, I want to see him dead.” She expressed related sentiments to an legal professional and even blamed her ex for a mind tumor she’d been recognized with, which brought about crippling complications and left her stricken by seizures. She allegedly asked a butcher about killing Maurizio.
According to Carpanese, Reggiani had confided in psychic Pina Auriemma, who was staying at Hotel Adry, the two-star Milan pensione the place Carpanese lived.
He claimed the ladies deliberate to kill Maurizio and that Auriemma enlisted the assistance of the constructing’s porter, Ivano Savioni, who, in flip, introduced aboard a getaway driver (Orazio Cicala, a restaurant supervisor) and a hitman — debt-riddled pizzeria proprietor Benedetto Ceraulo. According to “The House of Gucci,” Carpanese alleged that Reggiani put up $375,000 for the murder to be dedicated.
In court docket, Reggiani later admitted to paying Auriemma the cash however insisted that it was not for murder; she claimed that Auriemma deliberate the hit independently and threatened to border Reggiani if she didn’t pay. Then, Reggiani contradictorily added: “It was worth every lira.”
Whatever the case, the ragtag gang felt shortchanged as Reggiani resumed residing the life of Lady Gucci after the murder. They requested for extra money and he or she refused. A disgruntled Savioni groused to Carpanese, who then went to the cops.
When Carpanese supplied to introduce them to a Medellín drug cartel enforcer who might apply strain to Reggiani about extra cash, the gang jumped on the likelihood.
But there was only one drawback: the enforcer was actually an undercover cop and secretly recording their confessions.
All 5 collaborators had been arrested. But Lady Gucci — now dubbed Black Widow by the Italian dailies — made the most important splash at police headquarters. According to “The House of Gucci,” she wore a floor-length mink and glittering diamonds as police escorted her from her dwelling.
All had been discovered responsible. Reggiani and Cicala had been sentenced to 29 years in jail every, whereas hitman Ceraulo was hit with a life sentence. Auriemma received 24 years and Savioni obtained 26.
Although Reggiani was allowed to maintain a pet ferret behind bars, in accordance with her legal professional Danilo Buongiorno, “She could not bring her things inside … [no] diamonds and clothing in prison.”
Reggiani served 16 years of her time period. Buongiorno attributes the early launch in 2014 to “good conduct” and well being causes. Remorse, apparently, had nothing to do with it.
When a TV crew requested Reggiani why she employed successful man as a substitute of killing Maurizio herself, the feisty Black Widow replied: “My eyesight is not so good. I didn’t want to miss.”
During extra severe moments, she has persistently professed her innocence, sustaining that the psychic set her up. She even advised Buongiorno, “I’m not guilty, but I’m not innocent.”
Buongiorno advised The Post: “She thought she had made some mistakes in her life. But she always said she did not kill her husband … She always said she did not pay anyone to commit the murder.”
Post jail, Reggiani went to work for Bozart Jewelry as a design advisor.
“She was like a queen before she entered jail and she was like a queen when she came out,” Bozart Jewelry proprietor Manca mentioned of Reggiani, who had taken to strolling by way of Milan with a pet macaw on her shoulder. “When we met [in 2014], it was like a flashback to the ’80s.”
Reggiani left Bozart in 2017 and Manca has fallen out of contact along with his former worker. “She lives in Milan, in her mother’s house and does not work anymore,” he mentioned of the girl who’s now 72 years previous. “I miss her a little bit.”
Reggiani advised the Guardian that she is estranged from Alessandra and Allegra, each now married. In 2017 an Italian court docket dominated that Reggiani is entitled to some $1 million per 12 months, which Maurizio agreed to offer her in 1993, from his property.
“She lost everything when she had her husband killed,” Women’s Wear Daily’s Zargani mentioned. “She did everything she could to be part of the jet-set world, and through the killing of her husband, she lost that.”
Still, after her launch from jail, Reggiani had the nerve to say she needs to be employed by the Gucci model.
“They need me,” she advised La Republica. “I still feel like a Gucci — in fact, the most Gucci of them all.”