GCDS creative director Giuliano Calza shared some private thoughts with Vogue Italia during his self-isolation in Milan: how to work remotely, his new routine, what he misses most about pre-covid life and what could happen next the crisis.
How are you going through these lockdown days?
In a very serene way, in my apartment in Milan, the same as when I moved here in 2015 after Shanghai. Only tenants me and KITTHO, the 7 month old cat. I am very fatalistic, so I immediately resigned myself and immediately accepted the home, trying to get the most out of it.
Giuliano Calza’s home in Milan
What do you miss most? And what is the first thing you will do as soon as possible?
I go back to Asia, I started the quarantine concerning all my favorites of Miyazaki, the enchanted city, totoro etc. I really miss HK and Shanghai, I think I would walk for whole days without going back to the hotel.
New projects you are working on?
I was working on the FW campaigns, one in LOS ANGELES and one in NYC, unfortunately all canceled, and therefore I dedicate myself to the SS21 with all my team. Sketcho, those, I do many tests!
The cat Kittoh supervises the sketches of the new collection
A book, a record, a film and a TV series that you have discovered these days?
Future Nostalgia di Dua Lipa is my “anthem” for quarantine. I recently downloaded Disney + and there is an incredible documentary about what a typical Disney employee day is: it ranges from entertainers to park technicians or merchandising dealers. As a book, I found it at home The prophecy of Celestino that I haven’t read in 10 years and I’m slowly rereading it.
Books and gadgets collected by the designer
An inevitable thing in the new daily routine?
Improvisation! I am dedicating myself to not being a guest of this house anymore but to feel at home. I moved the furniture, cooked things still edible but prior to this quarantine, I divided everything I had accumulated in these frenetic years of GCDS, all the pieces of memory, portfolio, fabrics, accessories, research, books that were hidden around the House.
Which room in the house do you prefer the most?
The drawing room, drawing on the floor, watching TV, chasing the cat, has become my play room.
A greeting through the mirror
How is it possible to support Italian fashion right now?
There is a need to make policies that encourage people to hire, to give jobs, to create a place where young people can stay, otherwise they will all go away. Lower taxes for businesses Made in Italy, take back what we slowly forgot to own. Have incentives that make producing at home more profitable than relocating production in Romania or outside the EU.
Furthermore, through online shopping, buying from small brands from all sectors can help local and independent companies.