Following the success of his dynamic men’s presentation held in Florence during Pitti Immagine Uomo, Fausto Puglisi decided to skip the runway this September to unveil his spring 2017 women’s collection with an innovative, more captivating format.

“My very first Milan collection in 2011 was shown in tableaux so I could personally talk about my thoughts and design,” said Puglisi, who will present his latest lineup on Sept. 21 at the Derby Theater in Milan. “Pitti Uomo took my heart back to those beginnings and I am challenged to create a concept relevant for today and my new women’s collection.”

In collaboration with Armando Punzo, artistic director of Compagnia della Fortezza, a theater company based inside Volterra’s prison, Puglisi said he “worked on something which is between a theater piece and a fashion presentation, to give those attending space and time to absorb the beauty and the horror of my region [Sicily] in order to inaugurate a new way, more honest, to talk about clothes.”

Inspired by his summer spent between the Apulia and his native Sicily, Puglisi said that, along with Punzo, he “tried to find a synthesis to many of the elements that I daily use to build my collections: the obsession for the Catholic and Ancient Greek aesthetic, the maximalist sense of luxury typical of Southern Italy, but also the magnetic attraction toward bad taste and the expression of visual excess.”

The designer also revealed that his collection will celebrate women’s beauty and power.

“To me every woman can be a goddess. I thought about a shrine in which every woman becomes such a goddess — like Minerva: powerful, immortal and fearless. And of course, beautiful in her own way,” Puglisi said.

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