ITALIAN FRANCESCO IS A CREATIVE DESIGNER WITH ONE FOOT PLANTED IN MILAN AND THE OTHER RIGHT HERE IN BALI. HE ESTABLISHED HIS OWN NAMESAKE FASHION LABEL IN 2011, WHOSE OUTPUT IS MAINLY PRODUCED ON THE ISLAND. THIS QUIRKY AND IMPULSIVE DESIGNER TALKS TO ABOUT THE CREATIVE PROCESS. I first got into designing when I was very young. At elementary school I won a few design prizes. My parents gave me their wholehearted support, arranging for me to take courses in my free time. In junior high school, I started to incorporate fashion into the designing process, inspired by both my grandmothers having been tailors. I learned the secret of a traditional handmade process now largely forgotten in the fastpaced fashion industry.
I get my inspiration from different sources. It can be from a movie, an exhibition, or simply the discovery of a beautiful texture. Then my mind starts to create ideas that I later develop into designs.
My style in designing is definitely correlated to my personal style. I’m very playful, and in all my pieces there must be some funny yet wearable print or shape to make it special. Some of my signature pieces are the hand-knitted sailor shorts with a ’50s seaside resort feel, and also the tees with hand-printed crying faces and embroidery details.
My greatest achievement so far is probably being selected by Vogue magazine for the Vogue talents. It was just amazing to know my style was appreciated by those fashion insiders.
When facing designer’s block I like to make a rush with lastminute work. It is when I’m under pressure that I am most enlightened. The craziest work I’ve ever done was when I sewed four whole outfits with my own hands for a fashion show at the Milan Fashion Academy. I carefully handcrafted each piece, although my professor still thinks I paid someone to do it for me. Nowadays I have my own tailors here in Bali, so you won’t see me stitching a whole piece very often. Check out Francesco Alosi collection at The Clos°et boutique in Seminyak.