Thomas Tait will be the womenswear guest designer. Plus, a tribute to one of the greatest names in Italian fashion for men, “Il Signor Nino”, the exhibition dedicated to Nino Cerruti and, Carlo Brandelli for Kilgour will be this edition’s designer project.
The Menswear Guest Designer at Pitti Uomo 88 will be Moschino: the brand’s first runway show featuring men’s fashion in Italy since Jeremy Scott took over as creative director.
“In Jeremy Scott’s collections, we see the humor, the irreverence, the tendency to explode myths, and the manipulation of pop iconography – all that we knew to be part of Franco Moschino’s spirit and designs,” says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine. “There is also lots of originality in his work — he seems to have a sort of special-sensor focused on our times– in the way he combines fabrics and materials, especially the finest types, because his designs are luxurious. And that is the reason behind our invitation. In addition to Jeremy Scott and Moschino, I would like to thank the Gruppo Aeffe and the Ferretti family in particular.”
Thomas Tait, the London-based Canadian fashion designer will be the Women’s wear Guest Designer at the same edition of Pitti Uomo. Mr. Tait, who is twenty-seven years old, graduated from Central Saint Martins and won the LVMH prize in 2014.
“Over the past few seasons, Thomas Tait’s women’s showings at London’s fashion week have become not-to-be-missed events,” says Lapo Cianchi, Director of Communications and Events at Pitti Immagine. “We like his coherence, sartorial skills, unexpected shapes and dry devotion to design. He is never afraid to experiment and push the envelope. That is why we thought of offering him the opportunity to express his creativity here in Florence with an unusual – unusual for him, that is – project, that we could call “reflections on his work”, with the “help” of special places in the city.”
The Fondazione Pitti Discovery will proudly present Il Signor Nino, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Nino Cerruti: his products, ideas and style. Mr. Cerruti has been one of the leading figures on the Italian men’s fashion scene for nearly fifty years. It is a long story, and the exhibition curated by Mr. Cerruti himself and Angelo Flaccavento, will be told in the present tense because Cerruti’s fashions – conceived, designed, used and taught – are an outstanding example of contemporary elegance.
The Pitti Uomo 88 Designer Project will be Carlo Brandelli, the refined and cultured Anglo-Italian designer and creative director of Kilgour, who will be making his Italian debut.
“We met Carlo Brandelli in the new Savile Row store,” Mr. Cianchi goes on to say, “and everything speaks to his ability to control the brand and a multidisciplinary approach to fashion. It is as if he is suggesting that fashion, art, design and the other visual arts should feed off of each other to achieve real innovation, even though the starting point is a full knowledge and respect for heritage and craftsmanship”.
The program for the next edition of Pitti Uomo does not end here: at the press conferences we will be talking about three presentations as part of Pitti Italics, a truly special edition of the Guest Nation projects, the finalists of Who’s On Next and many other fascinating events, as well as everything new that will be featured at the fair.