Stefano Pilati on His Past Drug Use, Galliano, and Why Designers Can't Get High Like They Used To

It sounds like Galliano's indiscretions and subsequent firing has, understandably, put fear into the hearts of other designers who have enjoyed a similarly rebellious lifestyle--at least those who work for huge coporations. One example is YSL's talented, but at times rebellious and hard-partying creative director Stefano Pilati. In a fantastic interview with Vice, he discusses how people in his position can't really get away with bad behavior the way they used to: Today, excess has to be kept within the private sphere. But you know about my past and that I used to get high. When I used to really use, at Prada, a guy found out, and he told me, “Well, David Bowie made his best records when he was using.” That was maybe the last time I felt that there was a slight acceptance of what I was doing. Today, that kind of stuff is just impossible. Without getting right into the dirt of it, John [Galliano] really kind of put an end to that sort of option. Of the Galliano situation he says:
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It sounds like Galliano's indiscretions and subsequent firing has, understandably, put fear into the hearts of other designers who have enjoyed a similarly rebellious lifestyle--at least those who work for huge coporations. One example is YSL's talented, but at times rebellious and hard-partying creative director Stefano Pilati. In a fantastic interview with Vice, he discusses how people in his position can't really get away with bad behavior the way they used to: Today, excess has to be kept within the private sphere. But you know about my past and that I used to get high. When I used to really use, at Prada, a guy found out, and he told me, “Well, David Bowie made his best records when he was using.” That was maybe the last time I felt that there was a slight acceptance of what I was doing. Today, that kind of stuff is just impossible. Without getting right into the dirt of it, John [Galliano] really kind of put an end to that sort of option. Of the Galliano situation he says:
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It sounds like Galliano's indiscretions and subsequent firing has, understandably, put fear into the hearts of other designers who have enjoyed a similarly rebellious lifestyle--at least those who work for huge coporations. One example is YSL's talented, but at times rebellious and hard-partying creative director Stefano Pilati. In a fantastic interview with Vice, he discusses how people in his position can't really get away with bad behavior the way they used to:

Today, excess has to be kept within the private sphere. But you know about my past and that I used to get high. When I used to really use, at Prada, a guy found out, and he told me, “Well, David Bowie made his best records when he was using.” That was maybe the last time I felt that there was a slight acceptance of what I was doing. Today, that kind of stuff is just impossible. Without getting right into the dirt of it, John [Galliano] really kind of put an end to that sort of option.

Of the Galliano situation he says:

You can do what you want, at home. But when you go out, keep it together. Look, it was a tragic situation, and I’m not justifying anybody’s actions. If I must choose sides, I might justify him, but I do so with sadness. It’s just sad. I don’t feel bad for him, though.

He goes on to say that he now spends most of his free time at home watching TV and spending time with his partner or going out for pizza on Sundays.

Last season was rife with rumors that Pilati was being replaced by Raf Simons, which clearly hasn't happened yet. And after last season's fantastic collection, his position at YSL still seems secure, so long as this interview, in which he calls businessmen "dickheads" that are "ruining fashion," doesn't get him into too much trouble. We encourage you to read the full interview here.