Leah Williamson goes from football to fashion at Gucci’s show in Puglia

Football players are the new fashion stars. Leah Williamson, captain of the England women’s football team, takes us on a whirlwind tour of her first-ever fashion show.

by i-D Staff
24 May 2022, 11:00am

All photographs courtesy of Leah Williamson

As the captain of the England women’s football team (soccer to all you Americans), 25-year-old footballer Leah Williamson might be well established in the world of sports — but she is still a rising star in the realms of fashion. Well, not for long. The Arsenal FC player has been tapped by Gucci, always one to spot a star-in-the-making. The Italian house invited her to Puglia to bear witness to her first-ever fashion show, titled ‘Gucci Cosmonogie’ — even naming a star after her. We asked Leah to take us behind-the-scenes on her whirlwind tour, from getting Guccified to dancing the night away with Jeremy O. Harris, Lana del Rey and Paul Mescal

“Arrived at the stunning Masseria Calderisi and spent time reading next to the pool.”


“Some gifts and beautiful flowers from Gucci on arrival in Puglia. Gucci also had a star named after each of their guests to match the theme of the show.”


“Italian pizzas > everything. Taking some time to relax before getting ready for the show.”


“”I had never visited this part of Italy before. It was so tranquil and beautiful… I’ll definitely be back.”


“The evening before the show, Gucci hosted us for dinner at the incredible Ristorante Grotta Palazzese. It was set in a cave. IN A CAVE! So beautiful!”


“Took a little drive out to the town of Ostuni, AKA ‘The White City’. Lots of cute little streets and paintings on the walls that caught my eye.”


“Preparation begins for the show. No look could have matched the beauty of Alessandro’s show.”


“Pictures before we headed up to the runway at Castle de Monte.”


“A little bit of fun before the show started.”


“With Sinead Burke and Jeremy O. Harris.”


“The castle lit up at the end of the show. Never have I seen anything so beautiful!”


“”Lana and Paul. All on a high after seeing the collection and going inside the castle for a little look after the show.”


“After party vibes with my cousin Holly and fashion royalty, Bethann Hardison, one of the first high profile black models and an inspiring woman!”


“Mark Ronson on the decks. Can’t help but move 😉”


“A celebration of Alessandro’s beautiful collection.”


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