Sicilian born, with a diploma from the N.A.B.A. in Milan, after studying in Paris at the École Superieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and working with important names such as Neil Barrett, Rue Du Mail and Gaspard Yurkievich, he decided to launch a brand bearing his name: Francesco Alosi. Finalist from the last ‘Who’s on next?’ menswear, in June 2012, Alosi presented a collection that looked to have been designed for a man with an international spirit, just like him, after living in Tokyo as well as in the French capital and Milan. We meet him and ask him to tell us about his current collection and the one for next autumn/winter.
Can you briefly describe the s/s 2013 collection for us?
I was inspired by Japanese streetwear, in particular linked to menswear and I made Italian fabrics dialogue with Japanese details, like some features on pockets, collars or hems.
The collection must-have?
In the s/s 2013 collection, the short hand-knitted trousers and decorated Tees. Why? As I mentioned before, I was inspired by the culture in the land of the rising sun, I based a T-shirt on Japanese comics, also because they are an important pop culture reference on an international level, with names like Godzilla or Astro Boy springing to mind. Lending an embroidered touch to Tees, I have definitely added colour and contrast to these garments, giving them greater visibility and embroidery is also an important part of the cultural tradition in Southern Italy.
Just a few words to describe the a/w 2013-14?
My man for autumn/winter 2013-14 will be dressed in a mohair sweater in different shades of colour or in one that is dramatically oversized.
A special memory linked to Pitti?
Pitti Uomo was one of the best events I have ever taken part in. It was especially important to be selected and recognised by a well-known magazine like Vogue and it was also a great honour for me to share my collection with the world of fashion, the fashionistas who saw the show and sector operators.