Simone Ruggiati, the most famous chef on Italian TV, was the guest of honour at the Pal Zileri Autumn/ Winter 2013/14 presentation shown during Milan Fashion Week at the showroom in corso Matteotti. Simone appeared just as comfortable between suits and coat hangers as amongst pots and pans, and relaxed wearing a blue suit and tie. Everyone is accustomed to thinking of him wearing an apron in the kitchen but at “Quaderno di Stile” Simone told of his passion for fashion. In a world of blogs, social networks, and reality, having a passion for the kitchen is cool and stylish, then we need to evaluate that we do not have male models anymore but real people, a person in whom people can recognise themselves, or be friends with, or perhaps someone like the guy next door, who you can steal recipes from.
Simone, how is your relationship with the fashion industry?
I really like shopping, unfortunately I do not have much spare time, I normally take advantage of it when I am on vacations or travelling, and I check the new collections online. Travelling around the world, and not being an expert made me realise the superiority of the Made in Italy.
What do you think of the new Pal Zileri Autumn / Winter 2013-2014 collection?
I think it can be considered as a super tapas bar in men’s fashion because there is very high quality and great variety: from smarter, classic looks to the modern ones, thanks to the use of the lightweight fabrics. There are also casual garments with leather inserts for weekend wear.
Is there a garment that you liked in particular?
Doing a first lap in the showroom I was instantly attracted to “il Viaggiatore”, a new capsule collection produced with a new fabric that holds its shape and is water resistant, so perfect for those who travel a lot like me. What do you think of the accessories?This is a field which I know more about; I was born in Santa Croce sull’Arno, a small town near Pisa, where there is a great tradition of processing leather, so I can easily recognise the quality of the materials used by Pal Zileri, a quality which for example translates in the comfort of the shoes that I am wearing. I normally stand up due to my job all day, and I love to wear confortable and stylish shoes; shoes are my passion and Pal Zileri shoes are great.
Today you are wearing a blue suit by Pal zileri, if your look was a recipe, which one would it be?
Looking at the colour it could only be a swordfish, with a sandwich and potatoes.
For a special occasion would you prefer to wear a bow tie or a tie?
I prefer a beautiful tie, it is the accessory that allows you to play with the colours. Elegance should be seasoned with fun.
How do you like women dressed for a evening night out?
I love women wearing tight trousers, and of course with high heels.