Originally from Bologna, and still the Emilia-Romagna main town is his reference point and principal place of his work, Luca Magliano studied fashion at Libera Università delle Arti, L.U.N.A., having met and being fascinated by the aesthetic vision of Barbara Nerozzi (architect, journalist , University professor, charismatic figure of the fashion system, who left us in 2011, ndr). From a very few seasons, the young designer has founded Magliano, and with this line he took part in January in Pitti 91, chosen as one of the brands of The Latest Fashion Buzz, a project devoted to fashion men's talents, promoted by L'Uomo Vogue and Gq Italia In collaboration with Mini. Now he returns to Florence as finalist of "Who Is On Next?". And in this interview he tells us about his world and his expectations for the future.
When did you start in the fashion business and when did you realise that it could make it your profession?
Since forever, I think. Clothes have featured as far back as I can remember. Later, when I was at university I met Barbara Nerozzi who taught me her method.
Tell us about the principle features of your range. What distinguishes it?
It is a wardrobe of key garments that go beyond the conventions. The cropped knits have a voluminosity that is the characteristic of the collection.
Where does the inspiration for your work come from?
Firstly, from garments themselves, one of the nicest parts of this job is doing the research. In Bologna, there is a great tradition of markets and my first approach in designing is always to alter something that already exists. Then from films. After that, from the people I care about. Inevitably, their ‘attitude’ conditions what I do.
What is your concept of elegance?
Adriano Celentano, Sylvia Rivera, Maradona, Freddy Mercury. Eroticism, heroism, a sense of the body and of showmanship, pride and courage.
What is your connection with Pitti? Did you already know about the trade fair? Do you have any memories or stories linked to it?
Last winter I participated in The Latest Fashion Buzz. It was an incredible opportunity to prove myself. I met many people to whom I am grateful for their work. What I remember with the most pleasure is the time I spent with colleague designers.
You are one of the finalists for the menswear edition of the “Who’s On Next?” contest. Out of past participants, who do you like and who do you identify with?
I don't whant to choose or to say one name in particular... I prefer saying that I have enormous respect for all emerging designers, anywhere!
What are your feelings and expectations in being a WION finalist?
I am proud, and obviously, very excited. I prefer not get my hopes up, but to take this contest as an adventure.
What are your dreams and projects for the future?
It would be for a cooperative of designers. It is an idea I have had since university which I thought up with Barbara Nerozzi, a cooperative where the projects are the products. A company not concerned with production but only with the continual prototyping of ideas.