Pizzi, Italian Style
Pizzi, Italian Style
by Christopher Uvenio
Who Is Lawrence Pizzi?
People around him might say the larger-than-life Italian designer is a man full of ideas and overflowing with talent. Others may talk about his energy, passion for fashion, or even his bubbly personality. But ask anyone who wears his fashions and you will get a different answer.
Reaching for the classics, they demand clothes that are current yet timeless, can be worn at work, and fit perfectly into their lifestyle. This too is Lawrence Pizzi, a designer in menswear and womenswear, who has always understood that while trends come and go, style and one’s self-stated elegance is forever.
The success of the Lawrence Pizzi couture collection has led to dressing divas – Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill, Patti Springsteen, Liane Foly – for stage events and privately. His work has been seen on the big screen in Perfume and the James Bond film Licence to Kill. Celebrities are seen wearing Pizzi designs at the Europe MTV Awards. And yes, the Italian designer’s work has appeared in prints worldwide: Euromode (Poland), Vogue Italia, South Africa Vogue, Marie Claire (France and Italy), Vogue Korea, and too many others to name.
Uvenio: How do you define fashion and why do people care about it so much?
To me, fashion is everything, it is life. The way we live, eat, breathe, even work is fashion. Most people think that the clothes we wear are fashion, which is true. But I think the clothes are only the skin we choose to cover ourselves with in order to face the world (real or otherwise).
Uvenio: Since you have worked in different fashion capitals, including Milan, Toronto, Shanghai and New York, how would you define your city’s fashion?
Sadly, New York City has a somber sense of anti-fashion…more of a need to shelter one’s skin from the elements than to show off one’s status or wealth. I believe it is also the sign of the depression the United States is in. People might be scared to show off and appear happy, or part of “the 1%”. When I’m here, I tend to dress down and wear less flashy outfits. But when I travel, I bring a treasure trove of color and fun along with me.
Uvenio: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
During my schooling, I always made my own clothing. Especially while in the United States, I never was able to find what I wanted to wear. So I chopped, painted, dyed, snipped, burned, and tied clothes to make what I wanted.