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A talent-scouting platform showcasing some of the most interesting creatives on the international scene.
A novel lineup of styles and trends for Fall/Winter 2015-16, from total looks to accessories and on to special capsule jewellery collections - February 2015
AntpitagoraBack to top
Lancetti, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alberta Ferretti are just a few of the maisons with which Antonio Pitagora has collaborated. Tantalised by the evocative power of the decorations of the portals of Italy’s grand palazzi, the designer mixes the enchantment of their ancestral forms with the hyper-contemporary appeal of new graphics elements in a collection featuring utterly unique prints and surfaces. Linking past and future, archaic roots and new materials research, Antonio Pitagora’s 2015/16 collection takes us on an iconographic journey to the world’s most dynamic cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Prints and embroideries make every item in the collection a glittering fragment in a kaleidoscopic melt of ancient and modern come to life in innovative materials: neoprene, overlaid nylon nets, and coated fabrics with multi-surface effects.
Carlo Volpi KnitwearBack to top
London-based since 1998 but Florentine by birth, knitwear designer Carlo Volpi took his undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths, University of London and then graduated from the Royal College of Art, where his talent for developing fabrics and prints earned him honours. Freelance, Volpi collaborates with Pitti Filati’s Spazio Ricerca and with the Rowan and Textile View magazines and knittingindustry.com, as well as holding courses at a number of design schools. In 2014 he launched the men’s knitwear collection bearing his name and has now added a collection of women’s sweaters – geometric in form and minimal in silhouette – and an accessories collection, both exclusive presentations at Super.
Charline De LucaBack to top
While studying architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, Charline De Luca’s interest was captured by footwear design. Her passion for the field and her understanding of the value of Made in Italy for developing her collection prompted her to return to her native Rome in 2009. After accruing experience at Fendi, she enrolled in the Shoe Design program at London’s Central Saint Martins and debuted in 2012 with her first collection. After her win at Who's on Next? in the Accessories section, her footwear was selected for the Shoe Obsession exhibition at the FIT Museum in New York. Her creations – manufactured in Italy with the highest quality materials – are expressions of volumes and geometries inspired by the artist’s métier: a tribute to pure, unfettered creativity.
Ituen BasiBack to top
The ‘soul’ of the same-name brand, Nigerian designer Ituen Bassey completed her degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Ife (Nigeria) and went on to specialise in Tailoring and Clothing Technology at the London College of Fashion. In 2009 she launched her first home collection, winning kudos for her interpretation of Nigeria’s Ankara fabric and, in just a few years, attracting the attention of the world fashion press, from Vogue Italia and British Vogue to Elle. Ultra-adherent tops matched with ample midi-skirts, or tunics with maxi-prints and fringed inserts: Ituen Basi’s creations are fusions of lines and volumes interpreting African traditions in colours and prints in an urban-chic key – with surprising, ultra-feminine twists.
Ken SamudioBack to top
Born in the Philippines, with a background in marine biology, self-taught Ken Samusio was drawn into accessory design by his innate flair and creativity. In 2012 he was named as one of the top 30 under-30 designers. Samudo works alone and with Manila Wear, a group of young creatives committed to promoting the Philippines as a fashion destination. In February 2014, he was selected by the British Fashion Council to represent his country at London’s International Fashion Showcase. Forever inspired by the diversity of the marine ecosystem, Samudio explores the forms of nature, imitating their tactile characteristics, their ‘weaves’ and their colours – using locally-sourced, sustainable, recyclable materials. As a socially-committed stylist, he employs women from disadvantaged minority groups at his workshop.
VernissageBack to top
Founded in 2007 by designer Ilenia Corti in collaboration with Matteo Mena, Vernissage celebrates the stylist’s passion for nature and every fragment of natural life. As though they were black-and-white freeze-frames, his jewels represent dream visions in burnished silver filigrees spiralling around and entrapping diamonds, bits of agate, jade, and amethyst, or fragments of mother-of-pearl. One-of-a-kind items produced in Italy in strict accord with the canons of haute joaillerie; jewels that capture all the mystery of the animals ‘frozen’ in the display cases of natural history museums and the allure of Sarah Moon’s nostalgic photographic portraits of nature or illustrations from 1700s’ entomology texts.