MILAN—With his Spring/Summer 2016 men's collection, Christian Pellizzari interpreted the Italian aristocracy's centuries-old fascination with the Orient.
In gathering inspiration for the collection, Pellizzari studied the Oriental 18th century fine porcelain sets owned by Northern Italy's nobile clans and the Baroque palaces that housed them.
Historically, such porcelain was considered the ultimate luxury item, because Italy at the time simply did not have the trained artisans who made such goods.
In addition, Pellizzari worked with silk mills in Como to recreate ancient Japanese embroidery and jacquards for the silk tuxedo jackets of his collection.
"I wanted to gather all of these elements and create a look for men that is contemporary and not nostalgic," Pellizzari said backstage.
And contemporary it was.
Exotic floral explosions and koi fish were patterned onto aviator jumpsuits, bombers and utilitarian military green pants and robed shirts. In the same vein, the motif was also embroidered onto denim jeans. From daytime to evening, the Pellizzari man scooted around in sporty, skater loafers and lace-up tennis shoes.
One of the youngest men's designers present in the main Italian fashion circuit, Pellizzari has a knack for serving up the type of nonchalant designs made with top luxurious materials the rest of the world expects. And he balances the use of opulent materials on contemporary silhouettes without ever going over the top.