Interview with fashion editor and stylist
You are a familiar face to us here at Lewis Magazine but, for our readers, please give a brief introduction of who you are and what you do.
My name is Luca Falcioni, and I am an Italian fashion editor and stylist. I have always loved fashion. Even from a very young age I used to collect fashion magazines, dress up for school every day. I am constantly creating my own style and keeping an eye on what is going on in the industry. I studied at “La Sapienza” in my hometown of Rome.
How long have you been styling for? How have you found the journey?
My first step was starting work as an intern at Fendi’s Head Offices in Rome. At the time I was assigned to work in the brand archive. I loved being submerged into the Fendi Heritage, especially when I was asked to re-order Karl Lagerfeld design sketches.
After spending time there, I decided to move to London (where I am still based). I started working as a Brand Specialist and Manager at Selfridges; one of the most luxurious shopping destinations in London. Although my focus was based in the sales department, I noticed how I would help style my clients rather than just selling them an item of clothing.
This brought me to the realisation that I was able to make them feel good about themselves through fashion. I realised that styling was something that I was extremely interested in exploring.
Whilst still working in Selfridges, I for an internship at Wonderland Magazine and managed to progress rather quickly to become fashion editor. I was working as a stylist at Wonderland Magazine and was also shooting for their two other magazines; Man About Town and Rollacoaster.
I then left to try freelance styling and have recently had stories published in Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Flaunt, Schön, L'Officiel and many others.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw
My biggest sources of inspiration are undoubtedly: fashion, art, cinema, music, books, nature, travelling, people and the internet.
I believe that my inspiration comes from everywhere, and everything around me. I'm always looking for different ideas and ways to think outside of the box.
Last but not least my boyfriend inspires me daily with his love and his hard work.
London is the city of opportunities yet is also extremely hard work. What made you decide to move here?
In 2013 I decided to leave Italy in order to start a new chapter in my life. I have always been fascinated by the energy and freedom in London. London has an exciting history as a centre for creativity and free-thinking; from Shakespeare to the birth of punk and fast-forward to the catwalks of today. This creative energy and cultural vibrancy can be felt in every aspect of London life: food, fashion, arts, exhibitions, shops, and nightlife.
There is always something going on and it is the best place to be for young people willing to build their career.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Having the opportunity to be on set with characters from the entertainment world is something that still excites me; being able to dress people that you idolise or find interesting. For example, I had the opportunity to shoot Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones) for the cover of Tings Magazine. I followed the whole series from the beginning to the end. Another highlight was my first time working as fashion editor on GQ and Vogue as I have followed these magazines since I was little. Seeing my ideas and my name printed in them was an extremely proud moment.
Do you feel inspired by Italian art? If so, who is your favourite artist?
My hometown of Rome definitely inspires my vision. The city is an open-air museum, full of treasures to be discovered.
My favourite artist is Caravaggio who was an Italian painter active in Italy from the early 1590s to 1610. His works focuses on the dramatic use of lighting and the physical form. I referenced his work in a GQ Portugal shoot I did, paying tribute to his use of shadows and absence of light.
Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with art and would spend a lot of my time in museums and historical ruins (which I still do today). I am constantly checking out exhibitions and drawing ideas from them.
What would be your advice to young stylist trying to break into the industry?
Work hard and be determined as there will be sacrifices along the way. Be patient and as kind as you can be to everyone. Keep on fighting even if you find that you path has many obstacles.
What are your plans for the future?
I have so many exciting projects that I have been working on; I have some incredible editorials and cover stories coming out in the next few months.
I am also traveling a lot towards the end of the summer and into the fall. I love seeing new cities and meeting new people, it’s very inspiring and feeds my imagination.
Interview and Photography by Claudio Harris
Words by Alice Harrison
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Trousers by Moschino
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