Opulent, with distinctive streets-style and haute couture influences, for the Fausto Puglisi resort 2017 collection, the Italian fashion designer fully embraced duality, drawing inspiration both from his Italian background and his fascination for the American culture (he moved to the U.S. in 1999), which could be regarded as deeply contrasting, indeed.
Like American fashion, this collection was filled with multi-dimensional and multi-faceted proposals, the bright colors, whimsical prints and deconstructed lines of which greatly embody Puglisi’s cosmopolitan spirit and unconventional heart.
To better give us a glimpse of what his attitude towards fashion is, Puglisi did not choose to unveil the line-up in an average location. He rather created a strong contrast between the haute couture world he represents through his designs, and the urban vibes most of his customers channel, by showing his resort 2017 collection in a disused railway station.
Although many consider such a choice incompatible, especially due to the authentic spirit resort collections usually recall, it appears clear that fashion designers are trying to move the concept behind such collections towards a younger, street-style-lover audience, which is slowly becoming the one to lay down the (fashion) rules.
That doesn’t, however, mean creative directors are giving up on their signature styles and attitude. In his resort 2017 line-up, Puglisi made ample use of the retro patterns he deeply adores, such as Fifties-inspired hallmarks and Eighties/Nineties-influenced designs. He also brings in more contemporary Hollywood-inspired ensembles, with lines and cuts being 100% revelry-approved.
To channel his signature style inspired by classicism from ancient Roman art and sculptures, he turned the models into living statues, making them stand still on such a decadent background. This inevitably helps the proposals stand out even more, creating (another) contrast between the models’ motionlessness and the dynamism of the staples.
The Fausto Puglisi cruise 2017 collection is greatly influenced by the eclectic and extravagant Eighties, when wearing three different patterns was the norm. From animal prints to florals and Vichy patterns, as well as oriental motifs, the collection has it all, and is not afraid to combine it all in single outfits. To accentuate this eclecticism, Puglisi added monochromatic pops of bright yellow, red and blue to the line-up, which took the collection to new heights.
Horizontal lines and cropped cuts quickly gain the upper hand, reinforcing the collection’s dynamism with the cascades of unique fabrics and opulent appliqués. Then, although varsity jackets and wrapped skirts are the line-up’s key pieces, our attention is caught by the sensual, curve-hugging pieces, which remind us of Puglisi’s admiration for Gianni Versace.
As for those who think this collection is a bit ‘too much’, Puglisi himself claimed, “I don’t mind what is good taste and bad taste,” which probably means we should expect more of such whimsical collections in future.
Photos courtesy of Vogue