Monday, June 19, 2017

BEAUTY: Clothing--Fausto Puglisi SS'18

Fausto Puglisi is new to the menswear world having previously only designed for women. But his first male outing last year for the Spring Summer '17 season as a guest designer at Pitti Uomo went well, and here we have his Spring Summer '18 collection, a lookbook during Milano Moda Uomo.

Puglisi is very dedicated to the iconography of his country, having used imagery of statues of ancient Roman and Greek gods in the past, but we see in this collection he has zeroed in on il Sole. His models are once again dripping in coral earrings and ornate medallions, necklaces, and crosses--and he has gilded the lily by adding a Rococo laurel wreath crown on each head! But there is irony in these ancient touches manifesting themselves on what is ostensibly California skater-wear. Indeed, Puglisi has a tongue-in-cheek title for this collection: "Caligula In La Jolla."

Much like his Pitti Spring Summer '17 collection which I wrote about here, I am both compelled and repelled by this collection. It's boring, unimaginative streetwear, but Puglisi's earnest dedication to the Italian motifs and the sheer homoerotic quality of it all makes me want to fact, it ends up looking a little like boxing attire (not by coincidence a pugile in Italian is a boxer!).

Oh, but I'll gladly take the coral necklaces. Yes, please.

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