Over a good cup of tea. Patrick and Salvo shared experiences and stories virtually during lockdown.
Patrick : Hi Salvo can you give us an overview of your job and best moments over the years?
Salvo : I have been working in Fashion PR and communication for fashion since I started after studies in Political Science. In the beginning I started to handle celebrity dressing and product placements.
When I started at Dolce & Gabbana I was handling editorials but then I ended up being sent on a mission in Stockholm to deliver some outfits to Madonna for the performance at the MTV Awards . I carried a few extra luggage with samples I ended up placing on many other artists . Since then celebrity service had become the core of my specialisation and expertise. Scouting new and upcoming talents, developing and creating solid relationships with the more established, navigating and curating relationships with industry people like talent agents and publicists. Of course VIP stylists, securing A listers for front row at fashion show and events.
Around a decade ago just after Dolce, I was called by PR extraordinaire Karla Otto to set up the global talent department for the agency working across the brands ( Valentino, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Bulgari to name a few) and working also on events wrangling as Cannes film Festival, Amfar Galas and Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation Gala.
It it exactly a year ago that I joined the Italian fashion group Aeffe and I have been heading the global celebrity services for Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
Patrick : I noticed you have a great sense for objects and collecting.
Salvo : I love collecting memorabilia and have created my own “cabinet of curiosity” with some unusual finds from flea markets or antic shops and art pieces from artist friends. Every piece has a memory or it is linked to a moment or trip. There is always a meaning behind any of those collectibles.
Here the 7 objects I love most
1) An original limited numbered print signed by photographer Jurgen Teller of model Kristen McMenami at Casa Mollino in Turin
2) An original print of a basket ball with palm trees background shot by Emanuele D’Angelo ( @livincool) at James Goldstein residence in Bel Air
3) a ceramic head vase of Dita Von Teese given to me by Dita herself in one of our dinner at Sunset Tower
4) my own portrait drawn by talented artist illustrator Neil Gilks
5) A self portrait from Spanish artist Miguel Angel Gaueca I received as birthday present by someone very special to me
6) Paper weights in Murano Glass from the 60’s
7) A Charles Eames wooden room divisor bought in a flea market which has been so far the best piece ever found
Patrick : You also have a love of clocks, can you share some of your favourites.
Salvo : Here are three clocks I like the most, including a German alarm clock with a Carillon Ballerina...
Patrick : Could you describe your space in pictures of the objects in the environment?
Salvo : Here a quick preview.
Patrick : I see your love for drawing and fashion illustration in particular. Any names we look out for?
Salvo : I have always been fond of fashion illustrations thinking it was I always remember being fascinated by Antonio Lopez’s work and Thierry Perez illustrations but also going back to Rene Gruau and Joe Eula.
Among the contemporary ones I really like David Downton's more classic work and Richard Haines Live drawings from fashion week.