Fausto Puglisi embodies the new generation of Italian New Wave designers that has captivated the world. His Pitti Uomo debut will see him show his first ‘For him’ capsule collection and the women’s Resort 2017 collection. Puglisi’s name is linked to sensual looks, impeccable tailoring and the bold contrasts of designs that are the coming together of his Italian origins and his fascination with all facets of American culture. Puglisi’s designs are the grammar of maximalism and decorative artistry applied to everything, from jeans to evening dresses, punctuated with a pop spirit, as revealed in the unpublished sketches that show the designer’s looks next to models of Greek statues or in poses that echo a classical beauty reworked in his distinct decorative language.
MANINTOWN went to learn more about the new menswear project from the designer himself.
Where did the idea for a menswear capsule collection come from?
The transversal nature of males and females and the concept of androgynous fashion have always been in my soul. The concept appeared as early as the 70s, when men were already buying women’s oversize garments. So the idea for this new adventure, a capsule collection made of very special pieces, came from the first proposals.
What kind of man did you have in mind?
I want to pay tribute to the beauty and nobility of the male and to the freedom of the hero who is not afraid to express his desires and unleash his inner demon. I took the ideals of the Greek male and reworked them in a contemporary spirit. The man of my collection dismisses the conventions of bourgeois good taste, has a personality full of contrasts and knows how to balance contradictions, the simple person as king.
Talking about your personal journey and contrasts, which cities do you feel closer to?
New York City is where I feel at home and where anything can happen, but I also love the energy and passion of the Mediterranean culture, from Naples to Istanbul, by way of South America. But also places like Miami, where at South Beach you can see a surprising variety of men.
What does fashion mean to you?
I believe that fashion is a highly creative craft, almost an art form, especially when communicated in a specific language. Fashion is also a social more that is a clear indicator of the mood of the society we live in.
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