Fausto Puglisi; What’s Going On?

Fausto Puglisi’s influences are certainly of a varied nature; a Sicilian with a lifelong love of Hollywood and Gianna Versace, his latest collection was inspired by a summer spent at home. His Greco-Roman heritage shone through in his sartorial aesthetics; he was particularly struck by geometric mosaics, which obviously find their place in the bold patterns and sun-like images which find their place in his designs (those suns, emblazoned across jumpers, also have a touch of Versace about them).

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There was also a very strong 1960s feel about many of these pieces, particularly in the A-line silhouettes and slightly space-age metallics. Shoes were flat, with gladiator sandals knitting their way up legs to ground the overall looks firmly in the contemporary urban world.

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Zipped Grecian column dresses elegantly skimmed the floor, whilst jumpers and dresses perforated with neat holes threw a little punk attitude into the exuberantly eclectic mix.

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Those chunky leather jackets, with the wide lapels and slouchy shoulders, were unusual yet somehow compelling, whilst patterned mini-dresses broke up the heavier looks with their longer hemlines.

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However, it is surely in those patterns that Puglisi’s skill most shines; the monochromatic prints are perhaps the most successful, somehow managing to bring two incredibly disparate visual references – ancient mosaics and 1960s optical art – together into one incredibly alluring hybrid. Together with those slouchy silhouettes and artfully layered separates, Puglisi has managed to create a set of clothes which feel very current; and very cool.

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