[MIKARA] For some people, fashion has been in their life since they were a child. When did you get into fashion? What was the moment that made you want to do more fashion?
[TOMMASO] I was 19, after the summer of my high school diploma. The first time I walked into the Accademia Costume & Moda of Rome. It was as if I had been overwhelmed by a new, fresh wind and by a creativity I didn’t know yet.
[MIKARA] Each of your pieces show a level of boldness with a mixture of tasteful art, did you always know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
[TOMMASO] No. Initially among my life projects, fashion was not considered. I thought of doing theater, or architecture, or, far from everything related to art, mathematics. I honestly didn’t have the slightest idea what to do in life. I have to thank my mother for signing me (without my knowledge) to the Accademia’s open day. She had understood what was mine, let’s call it, “talent”. Without my mother, I probably would never have found my way.
[MIKARA] What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
[TOMMASO] The part I prefer about being a fashion designer is certainly the whole creative process that starts from inspiration, research of materials and fabrics, find new forms to conceive a piece of clothing, until the final creation of the clothes. A kind of mental gymnastics that I try to keep constantly active. Now it’s my daily life.
[MIKARA] What is fashion to you? And how do you intertwine creativity with fashion?
[TOMMASO] I can summarize it this way: without fashion I would have no reason to exist. Without the white sheet and pencil I would be like a painter without his canvas, an artist without his marble block. Absolutely nothing. Fashion for me is a communication tool: through the collections I talk about my moods, what I think and feel at that moment. I need the necessity to leave a mark in the person who looks at my clothes, and who may even be reflected in what he sees.
[MIKARA] In 3-5 words, describe your ideal client/customer?
[TOMMASO] I do not have a customer ideal, as far as I am concerned everyone could be. For example, we always talk about an ideal woman referred to, but it is not my case: my ideal is chameleon-like as my mood changes. Once she can be refined and romantic, wearing light and fluttering clothes, and another can be aggressive and dominating, wearing leather and latex. But always accompanied by a nice heel as an accessory.
[MIKARA] In your latest collection, WRONG, you described the influence behind the collection as “All of the garments are decomposed, broken and reassembled, a jacket that becomes a skirt, sleeves that becomes trousers”. What was the event that happened in your life that made you realize “Life is about mistakes and sometimes being on the wrong side”?
[TOMMASO] “Wrong” is a state of mind. In these years I discovered myself as a perfectionist, I searched for it and I still look for it. “Wrong” was born one day while I was driving along the Tiber, at the traffic lights, looking up at an ancient building in the center, I noticed a small decentralized window compared to the others. That moment I understood one thing: it is impossible to reach perfection, even for a city like Rome which, in terms of architecture, is perfect for me. “Wrong” was also born by linking to a sense of inadequacy that I was going through, feeling out of place in some contexts and what was my actual value as a designer. It helped me to accept myself better, like a session with a psychologist.
[MIKARA] Outside of fashion designing, what do you do for fun?
[TOMMASO] Out of the fashion context, I’m a normal guy of my age. I like to go out with my friends for a drink, give me a “tourist” moment for Rome, see exhibitions, go to the cinema. I’m not a lover of confusion. I like to spend evenings at home with my family, or with my partner in front of a Netflix movie.
[MIKARA] If you could pick any celebrity or micro-celebrity to be a spokesperson for your brand for one year, who would it be and why?
[TOMMASO] Tilda Swinton and Emma Watson. The first to be a formidable actress, able to play any kind of role. I fell in love with her when I saw “Orlando”, in which, in addition to demonstrating her acting skills, she fully exploited her fascinating androgyny. Emma Watson, on the other hand, for her refinement, simplicity and social commitment.
[MIKARA] Where would you like to see yourself as a designer, Tommaso Fux, in 2 years ago?
[TOMMASO] I’m a person who works for the future but doesn’t think much of it. I live by the day taking what life holds for me. Certainly my dream is to work in an important Maison, like Valentino or Dior, and probably open my Maison in the future.