Q & A | Luca Falcioni

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Luca Falcioni is a stylist and Fashion Editor who was born and raised in Rome, Italy. As a child, he was always interested in fashion and, after studying fashion at Sapienza University in Rome, he entered the fashion industry by interning at Fendi. Later, he moved to London where he discovered his desire to be a stylist. While living in London, Luca worked for brands such as Issey Miyake and Gucci. He also worked at Wonderland, Rollacoaster, and Man About Town and eventually became the Fashion Editor of these magazines. After working in London for several years, Luca moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue his passion for styling and, in 2019, became Schön Magazine’s Men’s Fashion Editor.

Luca has worked for publications such as L’Officiel, Vogue, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Icon, Flaunt, Numéro, and many others. Today, Luca works as a freelance stylist and is represented by Opus Beauty Agency. He has worked with talents such as Demi Lovato, Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham, Adriana Lima, Maisie Williams, Adam Dimarco, Vanessa Hudgens, Maddie Ziegler, and Jack Dylan Grazer. Recently, he worked on Versace’s SS23 campaign shot by Mert and Marcus. We sat down with Luca to discuss his journey becoming a Fashion Editor, favorite trends and designers, and current work as a stylist.

How did you become a stylist and Fashion Editor? 

I started at the very bottom. After I graduated in Fashion and Costume at the Sapienza Univeristy in Rome, Fendi was my first experience in the fashion industry. I interned in the head office working with the Karl Lagerfeld's team. As an intern my duties included; organizing the entire Fendi archives of more than 10,000 pieces (RTW, Shoes, Accessories), organizing all the Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches archive, helping to plan a big fur fashion exhibition in Tokyo (these are just some of my duties).

After this incredible experience I moved to London where I worked in retail for one of the best department stores in the world; Selfridges. After years working on the shop floor, dealing with clients and fittings, I understood that styling was my real passion. I then started interning at Wonderland Magazine and then after a few months of hard work I got promoted to Fashion editor. Working for 3 different publications (Wonderland, Rollacoaster and Man About Town) gave me lot of visibility and helped me to understand the inner workings of the industry. At the beginning I styled for online and very quickly I began styling for printed editorials and covers.

I am now living and working in Los Angeles as a freelance session stylist, working for clients and publications around the world.

Who are your style muses?

Marlon Brandon, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Marcello Mastroianni, Elvis, Cary Grant, James Dean. I love vintage screen stars from the golden age of Hollywood, I’m extremely romantic, I an Italian after all!

What trend are you obsessing over these days?

There are many which I am obsessed with. My favorites from the menswear worldwide catwalks FW22 are: color block, cargo pants, masculine/feminine and unveiled body outfits.

What is the biggest misconception about working as a stylist? 

Most people think my job is just about attending events, fashion weeks and receiving gifts from press. They don't know how much work and sacrifice is behind every single story that I've worked so far. Bringing to life something that was just an idea. Fashion Editors are generally responsible for supervising the overall process of creating, planning, developing, managing and presenting all content for fashion magazines.

What has been your favorite experience to date? 

My favorite was shooting Demi Lovato for L’Officiel Italia. I have always been a big fan of her so I was super excited and grateful to be part of that cover story shoot. Demi is a rock star so it was really fun styling her! Latex, leather, transparency are things that I personally love to include in my own wardrobe. 

Another great shoot was for Flaunt. I styled a fashion story with 3 models in one of the new underground stations of the new Metro K line in LA.

Metro Art, Metro’s award-winning art program, commissioned 14 artists to create original integrated station artworks that resulted in massive murals that engulf the walls. Powerful photos stretch above the tracks.

Spaces typically filled with banal constancy spark curiosity and reflection. It was so magical and inspiring shooting in a empty station

(it is not opened to the public yet) that look like an underground art gallery!

I grew up browsing these iconic magazines; Vogue, GQ, Esquire, L’Officiel so its cool and surreal to now be shooting for them.

How would you describe your personal style?

Sexy, goth and Rock’n roll. I love wearing dark clothes, playing with different cuts and garments. Accessories are really important for me too. Obviously my personal style is reflected in my work. I love make the model or talent, who I style, confident, strong and powerful.

What is one item in your closet you can’t live without?

Definitely my vintage leather jacket. It’s not designer and it wasn’t expensive but I'm really fond of it. Every time I wear it I completely change the attitude of my outfit.

Who is your favorite designer?

 I am a great supporter of all the Italian designers but Miuccia Prada is my favorite.

What is the best advice you have ever received? And what advice would you like to pass on?

"Be your best at all times.” For all the people who want or are starting to work in the fashion industry my advice is: be humble and work hard. Keep fighting for your dreams. Hard work always pays off.

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Luca Falcioni, Fendi, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Prada, Versace