Emerging designers are always exciting because their energy and enthusiasm can be seen in the cloths they create. These are artists who want change and are not yet burdened with the realities of production and end consumer – at least not yet! Last weekend the Graduate Fashion Week at Istituto Margoni showed some exciting talent.
Istuto Margoni currently educates 4,000 students per year from 106 countries, at its schools located in Milan (the School of Fashion and the School of Design), Paris, London and Shanghai – the international capitals of fashion, design and luxury. The second Istituto Marangoni in China is opening in September in Shenzhen and will become a key reference point for clothing and furniture production. Also in September, a new school will be inaugurated in Florence, the meeting point between art and culture.
It's difficult to have a favourite but I think this, due to my fixation on travelling light while on my worldwide timetable, Ines Suelves Osorio was the one that did it for me. I am not crazy about volume, but this one makes logical sense,transforming jackets into coats and trousers into skirts, with some great colours and lots of fun styling ideas to play with. I really want one of those pink bubble gum pieces!
Cristina Alberola’s alabaster pieces sent shivers up my spine, as they totally resonated with my inner female Madonna, especially her beautiful embroidered veils which play with a more sinister but elegant suggestion.
Margarita Davydova’s sweet heart decoltes and metallic quilting were beautiful, and she transformed the puffa-jacket into something I would actually buy!
I also noticed that Donna Air was sitting in the front row looking spectacular. I know she's hard core fashionista.
Photographs Nyla Sammons http://www.nylasammons.com