(NEW YORK) As most departures from high fashion houses are followed quite closely, the departure of Stefano Pilati from YSL was the buzz of the town back in February 2012. Now cozily settled in his new post as head of design at Ermenegildo Zegna, the designer checked in with WSJ. from his Berlin-based studio. The issue comes out October 12. Lucky for you, we did a thorough read of the glossy’s piece. Without further ado, a half-dozen fascinating facts about Pilati and his latest act!
- After his departure from YSL, Pilati questioned whether or not he wanted to reenter the fashion arena at all. For nine months! However, fashion stayed on his mind: “a lot of my time off was spent negotiating the proposal from Zegna.”
2. What’s one of the luxuries afforded to Pilati from working at a “highly effective machine [with] a logistical structure?” He can work from home! With a studio on the ground floor, the designer takes his private time on the first floor and is working towards creating a penthouse on top of the building he resides in. He has also streamlined his morning ritual: “Each day I literally jump out of bed, take a shower, have breakfast and start work.”
3. The designer’s own (rather hefty) wardrobe plays a big part in his current design process. Actually, his closet is so large he refers to it as a sort of archive, the oldest pieces dating all the way back to being purchased by Pilati when he was merely 16. And what does all the color in his designs symbolize? “A large wardrobe is a luxury, so the use of color was in itself an indicator of luxury.”
4. Pilati marks his course at the Zegna house as aiming to “transform it from a service brand into a fashion brand.” However, this does not mean he is aiming to completely alter what the house has set out to do since they began, rather he is “interested in evolving what they have begun.”
5. Boys need not apply! The audience for the Zegna line is intended to be for men “who interact with a certain professional world,” moving beyond those who work in fashion.
6. What markings conclude that a piece has been touched with Pilati’s signature? Shoes sans laces, jacket sleeves with no buttons, medium sized lapels, scarves and oversized overcoats.
7. Pilati’s relationship with the Zegna label started way before he joined their team in September 2012. At the ripe, young age of 18, their factory was one of the first he had ever visited. He also used their fabrics in his designs at his past stintsm which have included posts at Prada, Miu Miu and Giorgio Armani.