Japanese Fashion and Latin Flair - Fabiana Pigna
How did you get into fashion?
I knew I wanted to be either a fashion designer or illustrator since I was about 6 or 7 years old. I ended up studying fashion design in my native Venezuela and then transferred to Los Angeles where I have been residing for the last 15 years.
As a designer, what are your major influences?
My earliest memories of obsession with fashion come from a 1995 September issue of US Vogue that I squeezed, dissected and cherished for many years. The cover featured these corseted couture dresses and inside there was this incredible editorial with Kirsty Hume wearing the dreamiest squared toe Gucci boots, frolicking through London in a 1960's inspired shoot. Designer-wise some of my favorites are Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Simone Rocha, Clare Waight Keller and I also really love Rick Owens. I am mostly drawn to female-led houses, there is just this fantastic sense of function, dignity and sensual power that is so attractive to me.
What is your design philosophy?
Function, comfort and a surprising design element that catches the eye.
How would you describe the typical Fabiana Pigna wearer?
A pragmatic woman who favors quality over quantity and likes to play with proportions without sacrificing flattering forms.
Tell us about your Fall 18 collection
The Fall/Winter 2018 collection is inspired by a strong-willed woman. There are sharp silhouettes mixed with some romantic elements that juxtapose a woman's many sides. It's a collection with an urbanite in mind, someone who wants to look good but needs the comfort to move around at a fast pace.
Do you have any favourites from this collection?
I really love the Arbus pants, they have this beautiful sculptural leg when you wear them. I also adore the Belen blouse with its big statement sleeves and the Ingrid tunic has already become a staple in my closet.
What are you currently working on?
I am starting to work on the Spring/Summer collection 2019. This is a very exciting time since my line is comprised of mostly Japanese cotton, so SS collections are usually my favorites to develop.
What can we expect from Fabiana Pigna over the next few years?
You can expect a bigger assortment and more categories within the clothing line. I am also really hoping to add accessories in the near future and to expand our direct to the consumer base.