Bill Shapiro outlines the luxury brand’s “forward thinking philosophy.”
Bill Shapiro outlines the luxury brand’s “forward thinking philosophy.”
October 25

Alum and Head Menswear Designer Celebrates 30 Years of Moschino

The October issue of Michigan Avenue magazine profiles SAIC alumnus Bill Shapiro (1988–92), head menswear designer and first assistant to the creative director at Moschino. Shapiro celebrates the brand’s 30th anniversary this month with a retrospective party at Chicago boutique ikram, owned by SAIC Fashion Committee Member Ikram Goldman. “Moschino has stood the test of time in an industry where so many designers are in the moment and out of the moment,” Ikram says. “That’s what really matters.” The Milan-based luxury brand also recently celebrated with a runway extravaganza in Shanghai, a location that indicates Moschino’s “forward thinking philosophy,” Shapiro says. “It was important to [introduce] a relatively new market, like China, to the DNA of Moschino. We also liked the idea of showing some of Moschino’s history in such a modern setting. Not only did we show where Moschino has been, but where it is going.” A similar reverence to both past and present is evident in Shapiro’s Spring 2014 collection, argues writer Lauren Finney. “Featuring classic British influences such as tartans and plaids, classic-cut white dress shirts, and equestrian-inspired pieces as well as cheeky touches such as Scotland Yard caps, the collection feels at once modern and old-world—and characteristically Moschino.”