MILAN--"It's like a bomb. The strongest moment is when the press release comes out and everyone calls and wants to know all about you," 33-year-old Italian designer Christian Pellizzari told Now Fashion of being tapped by Giorgio Armani to show Saturday at his eponymous theater.
Pellizzari follows in the footsteps of designers Andrea Pompilio, Stella Jean, Julian Zigerli and Au Jour le Jour’s Diego Marquez and Mirko Fontana, who have all garnered mass fashion media attention after having shown at Armani’s theater.
Visibly moved, Pellizzari, who has worked two seasons at French historic label Vionnet, said he really embraced the French approach towards couture and affinity for lush, luxuriant fabrics.
Copper-toned lame' and iridescent silk tuxedos with sharp creases and black lining, reflected his time in France, while a peony inspired floral motif embroidered on jeans and patterned onto fitted summer suits and t-shirts with viking-like lacing on the v-collar and sleeves, catered to a younger, more casual set.
The Pellizzari man, and a few looks for women, strutted down the runway to the Rolling Stone tune "Sympathy for the Devil" conjuring the free rocker spirit of a wanderer that can't be tied down by serious relationships.
Pellizzari was born in 1981 in Treviso, an industrial city near Venice, and studied at Polimoda in Florence.
"When I worked in Italy, I paid a lot of attention to price and how much it costs to make a jacket... In France it is all about couture. You can do what you want," he said.