We have always believed that as art forms, Music and Fashion, have a lot in common, complementing each other and creating the same buzz. A recent interview in one of music’s most cult publications provided further proof of our love and attention to both. Issue 100 of the legendary music magazine, Rolling Stone, that Patrizia Pepe worked with during the Pitti show, features a lengthy interview with Patrizia Bambi, Patrizia Pepe’s creative director.
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Let’s start with the introductions. We tried googling you, but that didn’t return much information about you. Would you like to say a few words about yourself?
I am quite a private person, that’s why there is so little about me on the web. I prefer to keep my private life private, it gives me a sense of freedom. I am lucky, because I have a family that I adore, a wonderful son and a lot of friends. I love running and dancing, which I do as often as I can. I feel fulfilled because I love my job and I throw myself into it. I was born and still live in Tuscany, between Prato and Florence, in the perfect place to do what I have chosen to do: the local textile industry and art city helped me to achieve the success that I have in my professional life.
As your creative self, are you more of a collectionist or a revolutionary?
Both. On the one hand I’m a collectionist, because I believe history must be preserved. On the other, I feel impelled to break new ground in fashion. Only revolution, however small, can bring innovation.
How much does the creative place you work in influence you, and how much do you influence it?
I influence my surroundings, not the other way round. My organisation is a fantastic place. Colourful, open spaces. Even though it is a hive of frenzied activity inside, it is never a tense place, because everyone is enthusiastic and passionate about what they do. Your surroundings should make you feel good while you work.
Would you ever live or work in another city? If so, where?
Yes, either in Paris or New York. I have a house in Paris, but I never manage to get there as much as I would like.
Fashion and music are two forms of creative expression. What do they mean for you?
Music is part of me, it affects my mood, it affects my emotions, a lot sometimes, which is why it kindles my creativity. Fashion, like music and all other art forms, has the power to break down barriers, push boundaries and bring people together.
If you were to compare your work to a singer or a group, who would you be?
I don’t see myself in anyone in particular, but I would love to have been David Bowie. The ultimate fashion icon. His style inspires me more than any other rock star… he’ll never go out of fashion. It’s that kind of glam rock that I look at when I’m sketching the menswear range. The man that I see in the current collection, is as perfectly poised and at ease in the chirpy, chic Parisian street scene as the silent calm of the sun-drenched sand dunes.
In this issue, we celebrate 100 issues of Rolling Stone Italy. What albums or songs do you think have made the history of Italian music from the 1960’s to today?
Celentano with 24mila baci and Yuppi du, Morandi with Fatti mandare dalla mamma and Non sono degno di te, Mina in 1971, Emozioni by Lucio Battisti, Fabrizio De Andrè’s Volume I; Opera Prima by Pooh; Questo piccolo grande amore by Claudio Baglioni; Siamo solo noi by Vasco Rossi; Lorenzo Raccolta 1990-1995 by Jovanotti; Mentre tutto scorre by Negramaro, Luigi Tenco in 1962 and Battiato in 1986… or maybe I should say Laura Pausini?
At the VFNO last September, you enlisted Royksopp to cover your DJ set for the evening. Who would you like to guest DJ next time?
What does being a rockstar in 2012 mean? Can you give us an example?
Looking back, charismatic figures like David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and many more come to mind. Just think how they used to live life on the wild side, how they could fill stadiums and parks, and how their fans used to cry and scream. Their voices could send people into raptures, their guitars, the way they moved on stage, and they way they were in general. They wrote the soundtrack of a generation that wanted to change the world, and which in part, succeeded. Nowadays I don’t see any of that in the music industry. To find a real rock star, you have to look to the past. Rock stars nowadays don’t have the same image, and their whole persona is more in tune with the current climate. They are often busy organizing concerts for poverty-stricken or oppressed nations, or victims of natural disasters, and this is a credit to them, obviously. The only artist in the last decade that behaves like a star is probably Madonna. Lady Gaga, in my opinion, is just a copycat star… with very cleverly constructed celebrity status, with all due respect to her undoubted artistic talent.
What does being a rock star mean in the fashion world in 2012? Can you give us an example?
Being a rock star in the fashion world means “shaking up” style conventions. Being unconventional, exciting, putting together something sensual that at the same time is powerful, aggressive and head-turning, revealing signs of a troubled soul. Something that I have always tried my very best to do. To my mind, there are currently two leading lights of the fashion world, and both for different reasons: Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfield, although they are not rockers. Which means that I am going to have to become the new rock star!
We have to ask this… If you hadn’t become a designer, would you be on a stage somewhere now?
Yes, but as a dancer. It’s still my secret wish, given that my other one, to become a designer, has come true.
We’d love to hear the playlist you listen to at work.
Supertramp (Paris), Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Angie (The Rolling Stones), Ziggy Stardust e Space Oddity (David Bowie), The Cure, Roxanne (The Police), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pensieri e Parole (Lucio Battisti), PFM, Gunbs’N’Roses, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Skunk Anansie, Billie Jean (Michael Jackson), Linkin Park, Muse, Cesària Evora, The Church (liahhman Levi), Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix), Bob Marley, Corazon Desperado (Carlos Santana), Smooth Operator (Sade), Grace Jones, Blondie, Velvet Underground, Because the Night di Patti Smith, Dove ho visto te (Jovanotti), Amadou & Mariam, Green Day, Subsonica, Negramaro, Kasabian and Voglio farti un regalo from Fabri Fibra’s Mr. Simpatia album, in which he makes a “friendly” reference to me! Very bold …
Your 5 favourite clubs around the world.
Soho House in London, the club on the 18th floor of the Standard Meatpacking District in New York, the Silencio Club in Paris recently opened by director and artist David Lynch, and the Lux Fragil in Lisbon. If we could turn back time to the late 1970’s, early 1980’s, I would definitely have to say New York’s Studio 54.