If Julius Caesar had gone clubbing, he would surely have looked like this: gladiator sandals stomping over an illuminated checkerboard floor.
Then robes in more checks, like mosaics from Herculaneum. And a sense of orderly geometry at every turn.
The designer, after working in Hollywood, has a cinematic vision of fashion. Each garment – perhaps a skirt as stiff as a cornet flaring out at the hem, or a tailored piece doused in sharp colours of orange and lime – seemed like part of a modernist movie set.
The designer even cited the idea of “Star Wars meets Barbarella” and a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. He also referred to the fashion maestros of the Sixties: André Courrèges and Rudi Gernreich.
But the intriguing thing about Fausto is that for all his references – going right back to ancient Rome – his designs look rigorously contemporary.
The geometric patterns and iridescent surfaces could surely be created only on computer and in a digitalised world. Although he has been compared to a young Gianni Versace, that designer too was pre-digital.
Fausto may willingly admit his references. But the result is resolutely and explosively contemporary.