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Over the past decade, the Who Is On Next competition has become a champion of Italy’s design strength. Yesterday’s tenth edition of the competition (sponsored by Alta Roma and Vogue Italia with Yoox.com), along with the accompanying exhibition in Rome, was a testament to both its impressive history and its promising future.
The three designers who joined the winner’s circle were Salvatore Piccione, Aliza Shalali Daizy, and Milica Stankovic. Piccione’s ladylike shapes, covered with engineered prints, beading, and embroidery, depict an imaginary garden world of flowers and bumble bees for his Piccione.Piccione collection. “The more detailed things are, the more excited I become,” said Piccione, who is originally from Sicily, backstage after the show. The London-based designer and print master has worked with the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Longchamp, and Céline.
Israeli designer Aliza Shalali Daizy, of Daizy Shely, also took top honors for her complex embellishments, an exuberant mix of feathers, geometric beading with hand- and digital-print leather. Daizy, who has lived in Milan for five years, decided to stay on after studying fashion at Istituto Marangoni. “I worked so hard for the past six months creating all the fabrics because I believe in what I’m doing,” she said.
Serbian designer Milica Stankovic won for her Corion bag collection, which mixes lattice-braided calfskin and reptile with sculptured metal handles, all made in Tuscany. Stankovic, based in Paris, worked with Jean Paul Gaultier and Jean-Claude Jitrois and was inspired to start her label by her grandfather, a former tailor to the king of Serbia.
Last night’s exhibition at the Museo di Roma in the Palazzo Braschi also showcased the pieces by all past winners, from 2009′s Marco de Vincenzo (whose brand has recently been picked up by LVMH) to Stella Jean, who won in 2011 with her mix of African wax prints and fifties shapes. 2013′s winner, Austrian Arthur Arbesser, produces his collection in Milan, but he came back to Rome to see the competition. Arbesser, who launched his brand after working for Giorgio Armani, will present his first runway show in Milan next September.
Giorgio Armani has released its Fall ’14 ad campaign, and the snaps are a serene and alluring visual feast. The house tapped photographer Sølve Sundsbø for the first time this season, having previously worked with Mert & Marcus, and the ads star models Marikka Juhler and George Alsford. The final results appear above, but wouldn’t you love to know what goes on behind the scenes? Well, your curiosity can end now. A candid image and a short film depicting what went down on set debut here, exclusively on Style.com.
Giorgio Armani has announced today that Christian Pellizzari is the next designer he will sponsor to show at Armani Teatro in Milan come September. Pellizzari is an alum of the Vionnet team and launched his eponymous menswear line in 2011, adding a women’s range for Spring ’14. This move speaks to Armani’s faith in (and continued efforts to reinvigorate) Milan fashion week: the Teatro Armani blessing has brought the attention of the press to other young designers, such as Haitian-Italian Stella Jean, who showed her barnstorming debut in the Tadao Ando-designed space last year; Andrea Pompilio; Au Jour Le Jour; and Julian Zigerli.
In English, “Au Jour Le Jour” means “From Day to Day,” but trust us, there’s nothing mundane about the emerging Milan brand. Giorgio Armani lent designers Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez his Armani Teatro for their show this weekend (they inherited the spot up-and-comer Stella Jean occupied last season), and their Fall collection was as colorful and cheeky as Armani’s was gray and sober. Cat and dog embroideries, a print of open lips and jeweled braces, mod sixties coats in bright patent leather and faux fur. It was the kind of stuff made for the Instagram generation, a demographic they’ve been targeting since the beginning. Au Jour Le Jour’s website is packed with photos of street-style personalities wearing their clothes. Armani himself took notice. “Au Jour Le Jour [has been] able to promote itself, above all, through social networks,” he said in a release. But ask Fontana and Marquez and they’ll tell you, the runway’s still the thing. “The show hosted by Giorgio Armani came as the biggest chance ever to synthesize and convey our vision.” To capitalize on the opportunity, they gave away pins printed with the puppies and kittens on their clothes.