Approaching the Christmas holidays, we tend to reflect on the year’s highs and lows. The most special moments for me were those related to a lecture, a talk, a show, an encounter, a lunch or a trip abroad. The emotions I felt then are responsible for a change in my vision which has pushed me into new experiences and new projects.
The lecture I gave in mid 2017 before a group of chief executives, managers at Valentino Milano headquarters, was a challenging one. The subject of “Time versus Timelessness” had haunted me for a few months as fashion consumerism changed dramatically in 2017. Designers, architects, artists or performers inspired me in my understanding of the multidisciplinary aspect of the concept of “time”. Einstein brought me to the point of challenging an audience to reflect on “Intuition versus Instinct”.
Another important passage in 2017 was my tutorship of more than sixty final year fashion design students. Their collections, based on their research, sometimes lacked a truly contemporary feel. Sleeves, falling like empty leaves from the shoulders of the models, felt like useless volumes unflattering to the human body. The fashion show, the final moment when all the efforts of teachers and students come together and a year of discussions and analysis are put into practise, was a joy for many, a disappointment for others.
Another stimulating experience of my year was having the Polimoda master students of Luxury Business in Paris for a few days. Organising visits to designer companies, meeting top HR managers or important head hunters presented a complex puzzle to arrange. But after a few days, a strong emotional bond with the group of 11 people was created; we kept in touch by Skype or by mail or over a cup of coffee or a drink later in the year.