No menswear major fashion event would truly be complete without the presence of sartorial heavyweight, Menswear fashion director and style icon Nick Wooster. With a CV that boasts Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Neiman Marcus just to mention a few, combined with personal style; Nick has become a favourite among press worldwide.
One of Nick Wooster’s many engagements whilst at Pitti Uomo 83 included being part of a discussion panel for the Angelo Flaccavento curation – Vertirsi Da Uomo (Dress Like a Man). This exhibition presented the exploration of the idea of the ideal masculine wardrobe.
I managed to steal a few minutes out of Nick’s busy schedule right after the panel breakfast to find out how his Pitti trip was going so far.
Modehunter: First of all for all those people out there who may not be familiar with you please introduce yourself.
Nick Wooster: My name is Nick Wooster and I am the creative director for JC Penney.
MH: Thank you and what is your main reason for attending Pitti Uomo this year?
NW: Inspiration! Pitti is all about inspiration. It is also an opportunity to see old friends, connect with brands that we currently work with and brands that we may work with in the future as well as support friends who are working here.
MH: In regards to this exhibition, do you believe the “ideal gentleman’s wardrobe” is merely a concept or a reality that truly can exist?
NW: I think that the concept of this exhibition is what people if they don’t do it already, should be doing. Whether you consciously are thinking of it or not, you are building a wardrobe even if you own two things. This showcase presents an opportunity to maybe gain some inspiration and find out what your lane of style might be and build from there.
MH: You mentioned having your own lane of style. What are the staple items that you believe every man should have within their wardrobe?
NW: Definitely a perfect tweed jacket, a grey suit, navy blazer, a pea coat and grey flannel pants.
MH: And once you have those you can build from there?
NW: Exactly, once you have those you can do anything you want.
MH: I know you would have seen many brands and designers over the duration of Pitti, who has stood out or caught your attention?
NW: I am always interested in things coming out of Japan also the United States and certainly Italy. Really, for me the most interesting things are coming out of Japan.
MH: Here at Pitti I have noticed that there are many brands that choose to stick with traditional process and designs rather than cater to mass marketing. What is your opinion on maintaining this balance between creativity and the mass market?
NW: I think it is a combination of high and low. It is about maintaining a balance. You always want to have those special, unique key pieces in your wardrobe and then you can acquire certain basics at any price from any place. The most important thing is how it fits.
MH: Finding that unique style and sticking to what you find true…
NW: Exactly stick to what makes you feel good.