Fausto Puglisi: 'Beauty is without prejudice'
Fausto Puglisi’s search for beauty is free from prejudice.
The Sicilian-born designer may be a household name in fashion, but his influences have never strayed too far from his Italian upbringing.
Puglisi’s collections are always full of colour and vibrancy, something he credits to his Southern Italian roots and growing up surrounded by “the turquoise of the sea, the blue sky, and the sunsets tinged with almost neon tones”.
“My search for my own idea of beauty is free from prejudice - for example, the use of printed silk in men’s clothes is crucial for me, but I totally understand that only very confident men can wear it,” he smiled to WWD. “But to be honest, at this point in my life and my career, I’m only interested in those things that are spontaneous and emotional.”
It’s not just the colours and textures from his home country that influence him; the local people have also had a massive impact on the designer’s work. It's the simplicity of the lifestyle combined with the courageousness of the normal, everyday Sicilians that has inspired Puglisi to create ensembles which have won him a long list of A-list fans such as Demi Lovato, Lena Dunham and Alessandra Ambrosio.
“The personality of the people living in Southern Italy is a great inspiration for me,” he shared. “Some of them can be uneducated, very simple, yet most of them have a fearless attitude and a very strong point of view, which is what I try to achieve with my collections.
“For me, the south is not just that one portrayed in postcards, it’s more than that. In my eyes it’s about the sea, the countryside, the wheat fields, its contradictions. The south is a punch in the face.”