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Nicola Indelicato_The best of all worlds_Interview  
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Posted on Oct 13 2015
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You grew up among an extended family who spoke many languages and shared different traditions. Was this unusual among your peers at the time?
In what way did this small melting pot influence your worldview?

For me that wasn't a problem; my best friend from elementary school was half Italian and half French, many of my friends were like me. The fusion of culture gave me the possibility to see things more profoundly and to mix the thematics to create a new personal concept for my collection.





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How important was fashion in the every day life of people in Florence, where you grew up? Was it a town where elegance was
taken for granted or played a significant role in peopleʼs lives?

In the 50's/ 60's Florence was very important for fashion and many couturiers presented their collections at Palazzo Pitti in the " Sala Bianca".
Today it is not like that anymore, it's not about "elegance" but more about fashion as a status symbol.





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When starting work on a new collection, what is your motivation - is it a sudden
inspiration or does this come with discipline and work only?

Both aspects that characterize my work, the spontaneity regarding the theme of the collection, but also the very precise and in depth work that
goes into building on a theme, that characterizes my collection.





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What is the inspiration for your Collection for Spring / Summer 2016?
The traditional Turkish men's shaving procedure,, the barber tools, gesture and shaving cape provided the references for the nylon raincoat, mixed with the "liquid" society,
mirrored microblogging and "consumed" whitened fatuous romanticism applying fast sex.





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If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would that be?
Often one does not have to be a designer to have success!





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by FANG_Reveal Yourself_Interview  
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Posted on Sep 7 2015
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Was it fashion that drew you to Paris in the first place? What were your first impressions of the city?
Fashion was the main drive and more generally art. I graduated from one of the top fashion schools in Shanghai and started a first brand early on yet quickly understood that a true experience and diverse introduction to fashion and art could only happen overseas. At that time, I elected Paris as the ideal city for me to settle in. As soon as I arrived there, I was amazed by the great power of the city when it comes to beauty, elegance and style. It was exactly what I was looking for.





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In what way has Paris influenced you?
ESMOD was a first ideal place to meet talented people in Paris while strenghtening the technical ground needed to accompany my inspiration. Surprisingly I did not jump 100% into fashion right after graduation. Over the years I built strong personal relationships in the parisian contemporary art scene and I took some time to support organizing events and helping art galleries. This was a great source of inspiration and most likely the essential foundation works leading to by FANG.





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When designing, do you haven my mind a specific kind of woman?
I am generally inspired by true and self-confident people. So the by FANG woman I imagine personifies these two important dimensions. Personality comes as a central element to inspire my work, with an aim to reconcile internal and external beauty harmoniously. As Audrey Hepburn quoted "The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul". I want my design to inspire a woman to reveal and feel herself, true and sensual.





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What is the most intriguing aspect of working in fashion?
I personaly enjoy the artistic process. How one can be inspired and creative to the point of designing a masterpiece and marking an era. It's intriguing, powerful. It's a never-ending process which I must say draws all of my motivation. Of course nowadays communication, marketing, trends have taken such a big role in the industry and definitely stand as intriguing forces . I tend to enjoy this part less so I start by doing things the way I want, but it's all about finding an ideal balance between the artistic dimension and its business counterpart.





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Your collection for Fall/Winter 2015 is named “Mosaique”; what was the inspiration for it?
My initial inspiration came by observing a broken glass. The effect of looking at it under different lights, and idea to re-assemble it into different forms. It led to designing the collection with a strong geometric focus, playing with the complementarity of lines and irregular shapes. The selection of colours naturally enhanced the effect and upon completion the collection really appeared as a piece of ''Mosaique''





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Being a young desinger, how important is experimentation for you?
Experimentation is part of the daily job. Playing around with inspiration. It's during such confident, experimental creative moments that I progressively shaped the origami and folding patterns design, by FANG's main signature today. As mentioned earlier creativity is a never-ending process. I feel the worse would be to get trapped into a single concept or design frame. I have a clear and very stable direction in my design yet I feel completely free.





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Yoshi Itu_An Art Couture Performer_Interview  
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Posted on Aug 20 2015
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 How did you initially came up with the idea of using fashion pieces as your raw artistic material ?
 Because nothing from today’s fashion had moved or stirred my soul. Today’s art was also the same for me, I felt insufficient by the art we just keep in a room. The only one clothes in the world. The art that you can always carry anywhere. My concept “ Wearable Art “ was mixed of these 2 thoughts.






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You are mainly based in Paris, but also keep a studio in Japan. Do you maybe find your self influenced by each city ?
Yes, as you say. I receive inspirations from both Paris and Japan. The most I am inspired from Paris is the essence of revolution. I feel it on my subconscious level, the smell of revolution that is oozing from Paris the capital of the revolution, Rather than receive it in the conscious mind, receiving it in the subconscious is the most wonderful way to be able to access a source of creativity.
From Japan, I am inspired from the contradiction born precisely because of the mature society, the various contradictions born during the evolution of it’s culture, technology and economy to maturity, I take it as energy of my creation.







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Where do you mainly draw your inspiration ?
I draw it in my head. Seeing the pedestrian walking in the streets. seeing the expression of pedestrian, It's from where I receive the inspiration.
The ordinary life happen front of my eye, it's my best inspiration source. Never I receive inspiration from fashion shows, fashion magazines or boutiques, since I don't have particularly favorite brand nor designer.

On the other hand, from Art I receive a little the inspiration. From Picasso and Matisse I feel the thing that leads at the soul level. But,
what inspire me the most are still the people in the street and everyday life.





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How come you never show your work in solo shows and only in your gallery ?
Show is made, it’s not real. The clothes user wear it in the real world, the Brand Maison show it in a made show. put the clothes on the toll and lean models, a strong righting on the runway, music, interior, special decorated venue, all of them to make a show.
Where is the user wearing clothes in this kind of environment ? Nowhere, isn’t it?
It’s not a clothes presentation anymore, it’s a show of a show. I say it again It’s a show of a show.
But the user buy the clothes, when the user wears it, they are no runway, no music, no special decorated venue. Just wear it on an ordinary road or in an authentic restaurant. In such scene, how the clothes could be captured, could be shine, that is the real power of the clothes.
I think if the clothes can not shine without the help of model, runway, lighting or venue, there is no power to enrich the user's life. I have this thought that Itu’s works could have the power to make the user’s energy shine even in an ordinary road, in a supermarket or in a restaurant. That’s why I don’t do the made show.





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With your work one gets the feeling of an iconoclast creator who deconstructs fashion reinventing it into an art piece.
What is your personal motivation behind this process ?

Clothes is to cover the body, we never go out naked. We tend to think that Clothes and body are two  different things, but when viewed from the others, the fact is that the clothes are the same as the body. Clothe is body (yourself)

Naturally, everybody in the world have a different one body. Or differ in height, or a different body form, different skeleton, it is really a variety. Even though such different bodies are covered by mass-produced clothes.

Either it could be from fast fashion or super brand, they are exactly the same design, same type, we produce them a lot and in the same time.
It's to cover the only one body in the world, but, we wear what is sold a lot in the world. Economically speaking, produce a large amount of one item make efficient production and can provide cheaper. It is very rational. But, life is not what is to be rational, Life is what is to be creative. I want to live a creative life, I feel a big contradiction to wear things that were made rationally

Today, if you go in the major airports around the world, everywhere is lined by the same duty-free shop of luxury brand. Anywhere in the world, you can buy the same item. It is taken for granted in modern time, but when we think essentially about to produce, create things, this environment is very strange for me..

You can buy same thing everywhere in the world..?! Users who live a completely different life,
wearing the same clothes as another user who is living a completely different life..?!
Wearing the same clothes = being the same body..?! We are already a special existence, but from the moment we are dressed, we becomes the same as the other..?1 I feel a strong sense of discomfort there!

Clothes we have now, the newly bought clothes, try to draw on it, try to embroidery on it, try to cut it with scissors…It’s the clothe which will cover the only one body of the world, at least it is good to do it…, this was the root of my fist idea.

Itu’s works are all created by Itu’s hand. Itu’s paint enters always somewhere in the process. It is not even by Mac neither by sewing machine.
It painted by hand. Using hand, the most creative device in the world , can create a work of only one in the world. Because the user who wearing this clothes are the only one body stood in the world.




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In many images we see you wearing your own pieces painted in matching colors and we almost get the feeling that they work as costumes from a performance art piece, you seem lost in their aura.
What is the power behind your work and would you say they initiate you in this status of a performance artist ?

What has been put in my work are the energy of revolution, freedom, and love. When I say revolution, it’s not the world revolution, nor the Cultural Revolution. It is a self-revolution. Because I think the self-revolution is the most creative and beautiful act. It's not my intent at all to do a performance. As I'm dressed in a piece of high energy, you may feel it as unusual(performance), That’s a very natural things, someone who see could just expressed as he feels.

Often someone call me "the walking art", It's normal because precisely, life is the art. That is not only for Itu, all human being should be "the walking art",
I wish everyone could have the concept of this “Life is the art"





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What is it you love and hate in the fashion of today ?
I love all of the fashionistas who enrich life through clothes. I think that It is a wonderful life. Clothes are neither a hobby, nor a trend, it is a "self-expression". It's to polish a "part of the human body, part of life", it is to cultivate a philosophy. For those who are neglecting the clothes today, I would like to say that the clothes is not a hobby, take a better care of it as it's a part of body of what you are made. It’s what I wish.





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CY CHOI_Imagine the Wild West_interview  
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Posted on Jul 20 2015
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"Wild rules" FW 2015





How old were you when you started having an interest in fashion? And in what way did it interest you back then?
The time I met my first Giorgio Armani suit, in my early twenties, I felt so attracted by it. I think that was the moment I realized I was deeply interested in fashion. So I went on and researched many italian brands and realized that the style and fabrics of men's suits would change every season, between for example linen, cotton, silk, or wool cashmere. And this process also got me thinking on the differences between fashion and fine art.






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Your collection for winter 2015 bears the title “Wild Rules”.
Can the design process of a collection have something as “wild rules”? Which are they?

My 'Wild Rules' collection is like a short novel. I thought of the raw images and of some words and then asked the Korean poet, Yoo Hee Kyung, if he could come up with a story for my words. In brief, the main character is a famous cowboy, who is an observer, a collector, an inventor and a witness.
And the setting for the story is the Wild West of the year 2020.





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What was the inspiration behind your collection for Fall/Winter 2015?
The life of a famous cowboy.





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"Mélancolie" SS 2016




Your collection for Spring/Summer 2016 is called “Melancolie” . Can being melancholic make one more creative?
It could be so.





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Are there small details or themes that you always come back to,
again and again, when you work on different collections?

No, there are not.





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Do you ever experiment with your personal look?
Sometimes I do.





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Does your creative vision mirror your philisophy of life? In what way?
I see life as an adventure. And it is part of life to choose a form of instability.
And my motto is "I challenge, therefore I am”,  ha ha ha.






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