INTERVIEW | Fausto Puglisi's Female Boss
He's dressed Katy Perry, Rihanna and JLo like queens in the best fabric and appliqué Italy has to offer. He's cloaked Madonna in silky papal garb and capes made by Vatican artisans. Indeed Fausto Puglisi's woman could be a queen, a pope or even a mafia boss.
His Fall/Winter 2017 ready to wear show kicked off with a short film featuring actress Cristina Donadio from the hit series Gomorra, a fictional take on the Neapolitan mafia.
"I am not at all like you" she says and with that the show kicks off with a string of irreverent looks in velvet with golden details mirroring the opulence of the Apostolic Palace.
Backstage Fausto dished on...
Fausto Puglisi Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Fall Winter 2017 in Milan (by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION)
Sofia Celeste: You kicked off the show with a fictional character from Neapolitan mafia. What exactly did she say in dialect?
Fausto Puglisi: 'Move your ass and then I’ll kill you,’ then she said ‘I’m not like you.’
SC: Woah! So the Fall/Winter Puglisi woman is kind of gangster?
FP: No, no she’s not gangster, she’s an actress, so she can be every woman.
SC: Really, in what way?
FP: She's not perfect, she’s not cute, she’s not a model. I’m fed up with this concept of the politically correct, cute, beautiful, skinny, perfect woman.
FP: If Trump’s in power and thought there’s a message - which is obviously insane – for today's woman, it’s because we keep on thinking that a woman has to live up to some sort of ideal.
SC: How can women break free?
FP: Women are free. I like women that are not perfect, I like every kind of woman, but the most important thing is that she’s herself, that she feels strong, and powerful, and isn’t a toy. That’s the message.
SC: Yeah! Now we're talking.
FP: She’s not a toy.
SC: You told me once that you used a garment from the Vatican, were there any this collection? Because I saw a little nod toward a modern female pope and some pieces really reminded me of the interiors at the Vatican.
FP: No, there weren’t any kind of Vatican elements, but it was a contemporary translation of the Vatican aesthetic.
SC: What about the brocade and the velvets you used?
FP: The brocade and the velvets I used were meant to mirror the interiors of the Pamphilj Gallery in Rome, it’s a beautiful art gallery of art that has all these brocades and tapestries which are amazing, really, really amazing.