Tell us about yourself and about your career path. When did you realise that you wanted to be a designer? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I’ve always been fascinated by fashion: as a child, I used to play with fabrics and bedcovers, but I was also fascinated by architecture. I couldn’t decide which route to take, but towards the end of my secondary school education specialising in art, I realised that I would enjoy working in clothing more. In future, I hope to be able to branch out into furnishings, too. I like the fact that my work is creative and practical at the same time. Dreaming with the everyday. 


What has changed since your debut at Who is On Next? Uomo in 2012?

Many things have changed: I’m in a period of continuous evolution. I’ve found good collaborators who are supporting me with passion and courage. I’m meeting more and more people who are interested in my work; it’s a very exciting period, even though there have been quite a few problems. 

Your fashion is based on a concept of purity of form, and liberation from all stylistic "frills". Can you tell us about your style? If you could define it in three words, what would they be?

I like the word liberation ... I believe that liberty is fundamental. I take away things to have liberty of interpretation and movement: take away in order to leave space, to breathe... If I had to sum myself up in three words, I’d say INTIMATE, PROTECTIVE and ESSENTIAL! 


What are your main sources of inspiration?

I’m really fascinated by architecture, particularly the rationalist movement, but season after season I let myself be influenced by different themes, for example artistic, cinematographic or musical. Every season is a search on several fronts, which become magically intertwined in the collection, and which I can express completely on the catwalk. 

What do you expect from your participation at Pitti Uomo 90 and at Pitti Italics?

I expect a good fashion show, a beautiful atmosphere. It will definitely be an important point in my career path. I am very grateful to Pitti Immagine for this opportunity, that I’ve been wanting for a long time. 


Project room Rappel à l’ordre! The practical vision of Lucio Vanotti

Fashion / Design by Sara Pizzi

Born in 1975 and a graduate of the Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Lucio Vanotti could be described as a practical designer. His creative process is a continuous “rappel à l’ordre”: clear, fast and efficient, as though governed by the laws of mathematics, he aims for a natural simplicity. After various experiences as a fashion designer and consultant, Vanotti created an independent brand called February. It was a designer adventure that lasted eight years, up until the SS 2012 collection that decreed change with the creation of the brand that bears his name, Lucio Vanotti, offering men’s and women’s lines, both produced in Italy. In June 2012, the brand was chosen as a finalist in the Who is on next? Uomo contest at Pitti Immagine Uomo. 

The label made its debut on the catwalks in January 2016, when Giorgio Armani chose it for his show at the Teatro in Via Bergognone during the Milan Fashion Week. 
Lucio Vanotti’s style is elegant and unisex, completing an aesthetic philosophy that is essential in nature, dedicated to a broader aesthetic sense of reality. Reducing every individual garment to the bare essentials, the designer arrives at a basic form that is precise and complete in that it is liberated from anything unnecessary. It is the grain of the fabric and the stitching that define the structure of each garment. But it is the person wearing it who forges its personality and worth.
We interviewed him on the eve of his return to Pitti Uomo as Pitti Italics.
This is what he told us.