Passion is not a problem for Fausto Puglisi. In describing variouselements — the Ballets Russes, Sonia Delaunay, the Statue of Liberty andcolor, among them — the words “obsessed” and “obsession” rolled off histongue again and again. This bombastic enthusiasm raced through theclothes. 

The designer’s fall collection was a collision course ofcontrasts, some of which paired well together, while others weren’tmeant to be. “It’s ladylike and young; it’s wife and mistress at thesame time; chic and shock; sophisticated and a little bit vulgar,” saidPuglisi, who is fearless in his pursuit of his extreme ethos.

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