Franca Sozzani: Fashion-Forward Menswear Is ‘Not A Nice Sight For Anyone’

Franca Sozzani is no stranger to controversy. First it was those naked pics of Karlie Kloss, then it was the “haute mess” spread, and who could forget the Michael Jordan rapper-style trend fiasco?

Franca particularly enjoys stirring the pot on her blog (as evidenced by her calling out the Pope last year), and today, her subject of choice was menswear and the Pitti Uomo shows.

“Can I just say it without anyone, as usual, getting annoyed, calling me bossy or impolite or, worse, saying I’m not open to individual choices and tastes? Those colored bags carried on hairy arms, those cropped pants and polo shirts, so tight they showed through, depending on the body’s shape, toned-up biceps or curved bellies, were not a nice sight for anyone.”

Talk about calling people out! But she did have some very perceptive things to say, as well. On blindly following trends:

“By insisting on being a fashionista one loses the sense of reality and accessories and clothes become like an identification code for the same way of thinking.”

And on how making a wearable collection can be even more creative and daring than making a collection that is, well, creative and daring:

“I always attend fashion schools’ final-year shows and very few dare to propose wearable collections, but it is not by chance that they are the ones who will become part of the fashion world, from Christopher Kane to Erdem. Creative and real. They are not obsessed with impressing the press, but determined to be successful following their passion. And if some may think it’s banal, they should look inside themselves with a little objectivity and they will understand. Simplicity is harder to create than extravagance with an end in itself.”


[Vogue Italia]

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