SUPER is the stage for the new talents of tomorrow
The ideal showcase for collections where research and novelty are the reference elements, scouting is Super’s real weapon. Thanks to the special SUPER TALENTS area, the spotlight is firmly on the most interesting creative designers on the fashion scene and the most promising brands, selected in collaboration with Sara Maino from Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents. These are recognised talents and emerging designers who are making a name for themselves on the international scene. These are the names this time round:
Astrid Sarkissian_ Astrid Sarkissian creates luxurious scarfs in limited editions that combine Parisian elegance, British eccentricity and the excellence of Italian craftsmanship. The new collection draws big inspiration from the riches of baroque architecture and the gigantism of gothic styles, in a game of contrasting light and shade. Roses, mosaics, abstract shapes and silhouettes become an allegory of the eternal dualism between life and death. Extraordinary patterns regenerate precious stones on the fabric, like real jewels.
Bevza_ at the centre of creations by Bevza – a womenswear brand based in Kiev – lies the concept of the White Dress, around which all the collections are developed. A minimalist attitude with white as its manifest, for simple silhouettes featuring a clean cut teamed with fine materials. A strong woman with a rock soul is the focus of the “Spice Girls” collection for next spring-summer: a purism of lines that recalls nineties’ style codes for a sophisticated, intellectual yet rebellious mindset. A chic but effortless style for trenches, bright white long dresses, blazers, asymmetric, sheer tops.
Hellen Van Rees_ The Hellen Van Rees contemporary woman for the next summer season interprets a line of clothing inspired by twenties silhouettes, brought alive by layers of contrasting textures. Layers of light, sheer materials team with matt fabrics and others, more unexpected, such as rubber, used on elegant dresses and skirts for a cutting-edge touch. Elements to mix and match as liked, such as loose silk shirts, structured tops, flowing dresses and pencil or A-line skirts.
Marit Ilison_ For her multi-disciplinary, conceptual approach, the Estonian designer Marit Ilison has been called "The true poetess of clothing". Her style stands out for its combination of lively coloured prints and sharp silhouettes with clean-cut lines: the point of arrival is always an intellectual, minimalist, poetic mood. Her Longing for Sleep collection, inspired by long winters in the far North, has brought her to the attention of the international fashion system, using vintage Soviet woollen blankets for a line of splendid coats lit up by Swarovski crystals.
Matter Matters_ based in Hong Kong, Matter Matters embraces a wealth of different inspirations, ranging from the post-modern aesthetic to Bauhaus, from the Eighties to Memphis style and Art Deco. Vivid colours combined with geometric shapes are the thread running through the accessories collections developed by graphic designer Flora Leung. Matter Matters is sold in Paris at Colette and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, on net-à-porter, and in a series of select concept stores the world over.
Vahan Khachatryan_ set up in 2013 as a couture atelier for bridal and evening wear, Vahan has added ready-to-wear collections of T-shirts and sneakers to its production. The creations see precious fabrics teamed with sculpted shapes that nod the wink to the world of art and design, all about timeless femininity enriched with inspirations from the designer's Armenian cultural heritage. Andalusia is the new collection: starring the rich, vibrant Spanish tradition. The colours of flamenco dresses, the patterns of azulejos feature on crocheted skirts, damask cocktail dresses or on hand-made lace and chiffon evening dresses.