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THE RETURN OF A MENSWEAR GOD: Random Identities by Stefano Pilati
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Random Identities and Ssense
24.01.2019
Wool turtleneck sweater
Silver-tone metal chainlink necklace
Polyester quilted bomber jacket
Calfskin leather belt
Polyester quilted bomber jacket
Calfskin leather worker boots
Knit off-shoulder sweater
Mohair sweater
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Since former Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati’s departure from Ermenegildo Zegna in 2016, his next move was a big mystery to fans and the industry alike. He dedicated the next couple of years to refine a fashion label that he could finally call his own. So, last November the Italian designer’s launch of Random Identities in Montreal was just as random as the name suggests. Partnering with Canadian-based online fashion retail platform Ssense, the 53-year-old’s new label caters to people who “identify themselves not with trends, but with personality, function, quality, and design.” This solo project is also his outlet to express the anger he feels about the current fashion system and the players involved who he boldly regards as not fashion designers but entertainers and so-called amateurs. Pilati used Berlin as his creative base, sourcing ideas from the buzzing night life that the city is known for and soaking in a culture that doesn’t obsess over luxury labels. This allowed him to explore an identity for his own brand that isn’t informed by corporate constraint and societal stereotypes. The largely monochromatic gender-neutral offerings break out from conventional menswear moulds that Pilati is used to with androgynous items such as wrap skirts, heeled boots, and corset belts presented alongside double-breasted suits, field jackets, and oversized down jackets. The future looks promising for this one.

 

www.randomidentities.com
www.ssense.com
 



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