Milan Fashion Week came to a close today and earlier than usual as Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana chief executive officer Jane Reeve’s plans to put emerging Italian designers in the spotlight helping them to develop their business internationally.
The emerging designers that showed at Milan this season are
Stella Jean from Rome started her career in Fashion first as a model for Egon von Furstenberg before realising her creative calling as a designer. Citing influences from her Haitian mother who she regards as her style icon and her Turin-born father who is an artist that designs luxury jewellery she was borne into creativity. In 2011 she was a winner in the “Who is On Next?” competition, the talent scouting project organized by AltaRoma in collaboration with Vougue Italia, and has continued with her success in September 2012 when she debuted in Milan with a show in collaboration with White and in June 2013 she presented her first men’s collection at Pitti Uomo.
In June this year the designer took part in the Fiftieth Anniversary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, where she was invited to participate in the Panel Discussion “The Power Of Empowered Women” at the Palais Des Nations.
On the same day, she presented at the World Trade Centre (WTO) with a collection created in collaboration with the project of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
For this month’s fashion week Stella Jean was chosen by Giorgio Armani to show at the Armani/Teatro.
“Rather than a designer in the classic sense I see myself as a storyteller: my collections aspire to be narrative acts, to be listened to and not just looked at”.
Visit Stella Jean’s website HERE
Chicca Lualdi emerged into the fashion world in 2009 when she won the Fashion Incubator competition promoted by the Camera Nazionale della Moda and the Best Young Start Up Label award conferred by Regione Lombardia, Sistema Moda Industria and Università Bocconi.
She defines her Chicca Lualdi BeeQueen collection as an understated femininity with a powerful aesthetic that needs no showy exhibitionism to stand out. The style is instead carried by rigour, simplicity and well balanced combinations realised in high quality materials and finishes of graceful geometric patterns that run through the prints and are the hallmarks of the designer and the Chicca Lualdi BeeQueen brand.
Visit Chicca Laudi Bee Queen website HERE
Zambelli lives and works between Lake Garda, Milan, Tokyo and Shanghai. After studying at the Istituto Fortuny and then the Istituto Marangoni in Milan, he started his career in the development of the Ittierre group’s knitwear collections for D&G, Versace and Extè lines.
After his training and experience he went on to work with major Italian women’s prêt-à-porter labels, creatively and in the development of the collections and co-ordination of their production. In 2007, he won the CNMI’s Fashion Incubator competition and founded Archivio Privato, his frst maison. Over the next few years, thanks to his growing reputation, he entered important partnerships with Asiatic groups. In Japan he is creative director of a sophisticated brand produced in Italy and distributed exclusively on the Japanese market.
In China he is creative director at a growing high-end women’s prêt-à-porter brand with numerous
mono brand stores in the Asiatic region. In 2013, Alberto Zambelli founded the brand that bears his name and embodies his recognizable minimalist decorative style, characterized by clean, architectonic lines, the use of noble materials and elaborate detailing.
“I see myself as an explorer in continual evolution. In every collection I like to tell a story about different cultures that attract and contaminate one another”.
See more of Alberto Zambelli’s collection here : LOOKBOOK
Andrea Incontri is a young Italian designer from Mantova who’s design career started in architecture, which he studied at the Politecnico in Milan. This architectural influence can be seen in his signature style, his concept of fashion driven by functionality.
Not quite green on the scene, his debut was at Pitti Uomo in 2009 and since then he has been a permanent name on the calendar of the Milan Fashion Week, where he shows both his men’s and women’s collections. In 2010 he was one of the winning designers of the menswear category at “Who is On Next?” and also represented “Made in Italy” at the first Vogue Experience show in Dubai in October 2013.
To see more of Andrea Incontri’s collection visit his website HERE
Angelos Bratis from Athens lives in Milan, where he designs for his own label as well as working as a consultant for top Fashion Houses. Having graduated in fashion design at the prestigious Fashion Institute Arnhem in Amsterdam, Bratis concentrated
on Italian fashion and started to develop his talent through “behind the scene” collections with top designers and gain attention with his unconventional style.
In 2011 he was a winner in “Who is On Next?” and in January 2013 the British magazine Wallpaper dubbed him one of the most important emerging designers in fashion.
For this month, September 2014, he was chosen by Giorgio Armani to show his collection at the Armani/Teatro during the Milano Moda Donna week.
For more on Angelos Bratis visit his website HERE
AU JOUR LE JOUR
Au Jour Le Jour was launched in 2010 by Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez, two enterprising individuals who came from very diverse backgrounds before uniting in fashion design. Fontana started his career as a graduate in business economics at Università Luiss in Rome after which he worked as a marketing manager in a Swiss multinational before completing a masters degree in media relations to go on to work in a communication agency serving the fashion industry.
Marquez graduated with an architectural engineering from Bologna and began his career in a firm of architects addressing the fashion industry, then became the sales manager of an Italian women’s clothing brand. In 2011 the duo came together to participate in “Who is on Next?” which significantly boosted their international audience and, in May 2012, they decided to form an independent company, Four Fashion Lab, to drive further expansion of the brand.
“Colours, shapes, embroidery, inlays, prints. we love mixing different elements and inspirations to get our “chic & fun” message across, where sartorial quality works with the more relaxed and playful spirit of contemporary style”.
Visit the Au Jour Le Jour website HERE
Massimo Giorgetti from Rimini says that he found his love for fashion early, in his frst experience at work following his diploma in accounting as a creative consultant on capsule projects.
In 2004 he became a creative director and later began his career as a designer.
In 2008 he collaborated in partnership with Gruppo Paoloni and launched his label MSGM which he created to express his spirit of enterprise, love for fashion but above all his interest in indie music, contemporary art and all the forms of creative expression. He cites his influences as Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel and Walter Albini, among others.
In 2010, MSGM and Massimo Giorgetti won acclaim as one of the best revelations of the “Who is On Next?” competition.
Visit the MSGM website HERE
Information and Images from the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana