Strateas.Carlucci is showing at Milan Fashion Week (Photo:formal dresses online)

Strateas.Carlucci, the Melbourne-based brand known for non-gender specific tailoring and ability to blend streetwear with luxury fabrications, will on June 20 become the first Australian label to show on-schedule at Milano Moda Uomo — the official Milan Fashion Week men’s schedule that begins on June 17. The prestigious invite caps off a stellar five years for creative collaborators Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci since launching their namesake label. Here the duo discuss their SS17 collection SURVEIL.

How does it feel to be the first Australian designer to be invited to show on schedule at Milan Fashion week?

"This is a massive honour and we are thrilled to have been invited by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana to show our collection in Milan. We are feeling really excited and naturally a little nervous also!

What can we expect from the new collection?

"SS17 Collection is entitled SURVEIL which explores the concept of censorship in an ever-growing society that lives virtually in public. The collection investigates the concepts of control and power, and the relationship with technology and real life. Inspired by the Ondi Timoner documentary ‘We live in Public,' which delves into the world and genius mind of Josh Harris, whom early predicts the relationship between the virtual world and the physical world and visualizes these predictions through a number of wild social experiments. The collection investigates these complexities through playful fabric innovations, restrained tailored forms vs. exaggerated silhouettes, whilst maintaining the brands masculine / feminine aesthetic and combination of streetwear influences vs luxury fabrications and tailoring techniques."

Non-gender specific tailoring has always been part of the Strateas.Carlucci aesthetic, and is now very much becoming popular with international womenwear’s designers. What do you think of this current trend?

"Non-gender specifc clothing is not a new thing as many designers have been championing this for years. I think it’s more relevant today, as there is more of an open attitude toward the way we approach fashion and the way we dress. We of course, embrace this fully, and are excited to showcase both men and women on the runway together to reinforce this vision."

You have a strong connection to the Italian fashion industry, through Franca Sozzani and Vogue Italia, and you use mills in Italy. Why do you think your designs resonate so well with the Italian fashion community?

"We do use many Italian mills and have been fortunate enough to garner support from Franca Sozzani and Sara Maino from Vogue Italia, which of course would help draw attention to our brand in Italy. That being said, our aesthetic has always been catered more toward a European market through our mix of tailoring and sportswear, perhaps that is the reason it resonates more with the Italian fashion community."

Does it help that Mario-Luca comes from an Italian background?

"Not sure if that does help, especially as I am a non-Italian speaking Australian! I think I need to brush up on my Italian speaking skills to leverage our Italian connection!"

You have had a stellar five years since launching Strateas.Carlucci, including winning the regional final of the International Woolmark Prize (in both men’s and women’s categories), and showing on schedule at last year’s Paris Fashion Week. What can we expect next?

"We are very humbled by the support we have had over the past few years, and now our plan is to really focus on growing our distribution network, by aligning ourselves with the correct stores. We always want to push ourselves creatively each season first and foremost, and hope that will translate to commercial success also."Read more at:bridesmaid dresses