Milan Men’s Fashion Week is off to a flying start with the usual high standard of elegance and street chic for which Italian design is world renowned. With so many legendary fashion houses such as Armani, Gucci, Versace, to name but a few, how does a young designer contend at such an event?
Young Italian designer Andrea Pompilio knows exactly how as he creates a stir on the catwalk with his Autumn/Winter 2015 collection that was inspired by his Grandfather’s military uniforms and realised by his sophisticated tailoring that merges a nostalgia of that era with a modern sporting style.
As one of the few “young” designers that was permitted to show their work at one of the world’s most important events on the fashion calendar, Andrea is more than aware of the hard work it takes to get to where he is. After his graduation from top fashion school Istituto Marangoni with a Masters in Fashion Design he pursued his career in fashion over 20 years, working for prestigious fashion houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein gaining the experience and knowledge of the fashion industry that eventually enabled him to reach this high point in his career and enter into the notoriously exclusive fashion week of Milan.
For young designers in Italy, however, there is good news in the form of a new initiative by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion who are now focusing on assisting emerging designers to have their collections shown at these important, career making, fashion weeks with the Next Generation contest aimed at emerging designers under 30 and organised in collaboration with the Milan Chamber of Commerce.
The competition is aimed at finding a new generation of talent in fashion design. With an eye firmly on the future of Made in Italy, it gives its winners the honour of showing to the world’s most relevant and powerful fashion professionals and decision makers during Milano Fashion Week.