Fausto Puglisi is the fastest-moving new designer to come out of Milan in ages. After only a few seasons on the fashion calendar there, he nabbed a post at Ungaro. And this week, the designer brought his first Resort collection for his self-named label to New York, another sign that things are moving swiftly along for him.
First embraced by the likes of Anna Dello Russo for his bedazzled and brightly colored wool crepe minidresses, Puglisi is now in expansion mode, adding silk twill prints, intarsia knits, and wild denim to his lineup, and pushing his signature fit-and-flare silhouette in new directions. This season, there's a fun flared-to-the-knee proportion, as well as a floor-length style with a thigh-high slit. Uniting it all was a lush palm tree print and a palette of acid pastels. The tropical mood was a long way off from his punk collection for Fall, but it still looked identifiably Fausto. It's his strong identity that guarantees he's going places.