Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.
The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday (04Jul18).
Pieces included a colour blocked dress, skirt featuring geometric print and leather studded jacket, with Puglisi adamant that women like Winfrey are his ideal customer.
“I loved seeing her in something tight and sexy at the royal wedding,” he told Vogue.com, referring to the pale pink Stella McCartney dress the media mogul wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May. “A curvy woman can be herself. No prejudice, no boundaries.”
Puglisi has tapped plus-size model and body positivity advocate Ashley Graham to front the campaigns for his fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges for Rinaldi.
While the Sicily-born fashion star is used to working with sample-size models from his time helming French label Ungaro as well as his namesake brand, he is adamant that catering to a wide range of shapes and sizes is the future of the fashion industry.
“I said yes immediately,” the designer said of being offered the chance to collaborate with Rinaldi. “Max Mara is the best luxury group in Italy, and I wanted to better myself. We are living in a moment of inclusion. Let’s do something about happiness and freedom.”
Puglisi also divulged that he is looking to make a line of clothes from cotton for his spring line.
The collection marks 30-year-old Graham’s continued partnership with the Reggio Emilia-based company, having fronted ads for the label and released two ranges of denim-inspired clothes.
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