WHO IS ON NEXT? UOMO 2016 The winner is CARLO VOLPI and an honorable mention for Alexia Aubert with SOLOVIÈRE

Carlo Volpi (prêt-à-porter) is the winner of the eighth edition WHO IS ON NEXT? UOMO, the scouting project organized by Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and sponsored by Pitti Immagine Uomo, in cooperation with Altaroma and L’Uomo Vogue that seeks out new talents in men’s fashions, who are Italian or manufacture their collections in Italy. 

An honorable mention went to Alexia Aubert with the Solovière brand.
The international judging panel, headed by Franca Sozzani and Raffaello Napoleone, consisted of Antonio Cristaudo (Pitti Immagine), Mario Dell’Oglio (President of the Camera Italiana Buyer Moda), Simonetta Gianfelici (Altaroma), Sara Maino (Vogue.it), Niels Radtke (Hunting and Collecting), Letizia Schatzinger (D la Repubblica) and Dan Thawley (A Magazine Curated by) and the partners Beppe Angiolini (Sugar), Miguel Ares (yoox.com), Luca Giusti (Fashion Valley), Claudio Marenzi (Herno), Stefano Martinetto (Tomorrow Ltd). The judges expressed unanimous satisfaction with the high quality of the entries and for the research content of the finalists’ collections. In addition to the winner and the honorable mention, the finalists were: Traiano (Filippo Colnaghi and Andrea Busnelli) and Tropiano (Selene Tropiano) for prêt-à-porter and for the accessories category, Alan Buanne and Ilariusss (Ilaria Soncini).
The Who is On Next? Uomo prize goes to CARLO VOLPI
A collection that is outstanding for its instinctive energy and creative vitality. A valid offering that impresses with its creativity. Marked technical and innovative skill combines with a brilliant interpretation of Italian manufacturing traditions in a unique knitwear project with an international look. Carlo Volpi’s collection is the fruit of in-depth research and eclectically-inspired experimentation which is the fruit of the designer’s professional experience, especially in the field of fashion knitwear. 
The Who is On Next? Uomo honorable mention goes to SOLOVIÈRE
The judging panel found Alexia Aubert and her footwear brand Solovière deserving of honorable mention for her complete and original offering. It is an interesting collection with a focus on fine materials and on the functional role of the accessory. The quality manufacturing, the label’s bold attitude and character that together yield an indisputably contemporary are truly worthy of admiration. 
The winner, Carlo Volpi, will receive the Pitti Immagine prizes: 
Cash reimbursement for expenses, the production of a presentation-event during the next edition of Pitti Uomo (to be held from 10-13 January 2017) and one year of free tutoring from the new Pitti TUTORSHIP department. 

In addition he will get press coverage in L’Uomo Vogue and on the Condé Nast websites.
He will also receive prizes from the competition’s four partners:
Support from  FASHION VALLEY, the purpose-created platform developed by MIT - MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology in cooperation with the Prato Chamber of Commerce, embracing Prato’s fashion firms – from the yarn mills to the weavers to the makers of the finished garments. 
Support from HERNO, Italy’s leading brand in luxury outerwear. Founded by Giuseppe Marenzi in 1948 and now steered by his son, Claudio, Herno is the internationally recognized synonym for luxury sportswear and Made in Italy. 

SUGAR, the concept store that interprets international styles and lifestyle trends will give Carlo Volpi the opportunity to sell his collection in the store.
yoox.com, the world’s leading lifestyle online store selling fashions, design and art, has awarded an honorable mention  to Carlo Volpi. Through his ironic and colorful style that combines artisan weaving techniques and original experimental research, his work reflects the online store’s DNA.  Thanks to this prize, he will be able to  join the list of THE NEXT TALENTS 2017, the Vogue Italia and yoox.com project supporting young talents, that will be presented during the Milan Fashion Week in February 2017.
Solovière, that took the honorable mention, will receive the prize from TOMORROW LIMITED, one of the major international distribution platforms for young fashion talents will offer the Alexia Aubert the opportunity to show her collection at their Paris showroom during the sales campaign. 
WHO IS ON NEXT? UOMO is part of the Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs sponsored by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and produced thanks to a special grant from Mise (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development) and Agenzia ICE (Italian Trade Agency) in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.
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