Milan: Palazzo Morando – The Vogue Talents Corner - 2013. Scouting new talent is once again the pulsating soul of The Vogue Talents Corner, a high-profile project/event created by Vogue Italia and thecorner.com that has become a key appointment during Milan Fashion Week. Now in its third season, the exhibition showcases eleven international innovative talents that have been selected for their groundbreaking approach to fashion.
Above: Vogue Italia’s editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Roberto Cavalli.
The Vogue Talents Corner. An interactive presentation for allowed visitors to dip into the world and collections of each designer with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets installed inside the venue, which granted direct access to visitors to purchase their SS13 collections on www.thecorner.com.
The Vogue Talents Corner – Aganovich. Aganovich stems from the encounter between Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor who later launched a fashion label so as to make the most of their mutual strengths. Initially based in the UK, they soon chose Paris as the spiritual home and showed their first collection in 2009, quickly gaining access to the official calendar and garnering both critical and commercial success. The brand’s spring 2013 focus is architectural and edgy cuts highlighted by flowing or nipped silhouettes, graphic patterns and bold colors.
The Vogue Talents Corner – Kirsty Ward. London-based designer Kirsty Ward completed the prestigious women’s wear MA at Central Saint Martins. It was there that she began to develop her penchant for unconventional structures and an emphasis on form. Graduating she was immediately tapped by Alberta Ferretti to design for her. And, in 2010, Kirsty Ward launched her eponymous label. Her aesthetic celebrates bold cuts, defined structures and incorporates distinctive elements such as the jeweled embellishments that have become something of a trademark. Necklaces dominate the new collection with a tribal fringed feel in a rainbow of colors.
The Vogue Talents Corner – J. JS. Lee. Korean-born designer J. JS. Lee (Jackie Lee) graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010 and subsequently launched her label J. JS. Lee. Her collections feature sleek androgynous shapes offset by feminine details that draw upon intricate and traditional tailoring techniques. Having won the prestigious Newgen initiative in 2011, she has established herself as one of the most critically acclaimed designers of the new British generation. A less-is-more vein runs through the new collection with airy neutrals, invisible buttons and soft cocooning shapes.
Art dealer Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone and his wife, jewelry designer Osanna
Pitti Immagine’s legendary Sibilla della Gherardesca
The Vogue Talents Corner – Aquazzura. Colombian-born Edgardo Osorio grew up between Miami and London before attending the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins and later gaining experience working for such established names as Salvatore Ferragamo, René Caovilla and Roberto Cavalli. Launched in 2011, Aquazzura strikes the perfect balance between modern design and impeccable craftsmanship, producing contemporary and edgy yet incredibly comfortable designs that have been lauded by the most influential fashion publications across the globe. Spring highlights include teetering strappy sandals or ankle-strap pumps counterpointed by pretty flats in shiny gold.
The Vogue Talents Corner –L’F Unisex. Italian-born fashion graduate Licia Florio and artist/photographer Francio Ferrari established their unisex footwear brand in Piedmont, in 2010. Setting out to produce a high quality Italian product with a twist, they came up with a signature brogue engineered, so as to be used without shoelaces and designed to fit both men and women. Using the finest materials, the range features vibrant hues and distinctive embellishments such as the studs and pretty pearlized leathers in blush tones. Contact: email@example.com
The Vogue Talents Corner – Kzeniya. Central Saint Martins graduate Kzeniya Oudenot started out organizing events and designing sets and costumes, made with cutting-edge technologies for operas and ballets. After working for the likes of Alexander McQueen, The Royal Opera House and The Scottish Ballet, she showcased her work in museums and galleries in London and Paris before launching her brand in 2010. Her eponymous label now stands for impeccably crafted, experimental leather pieces such as clutches and shoulder bags. Bold, graphic and futuristic, the season’s latest rigid-frame clutches and handbags glitter with silver and gold perspex details.
The Vogue Talents Corner – Fenton. Designer Dana Lorenz launched Fenton in 2006. After obtaining degrees as a painter from the University of Iowa and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dana entered the fashion industry, working for Gucci and Donna Karan. Her passion for jewelry design eventually grew into a cult label with a global following. An elaborate mix of unexpected elements, from rope to crystals to chains, Fenton’s collections are infused with pop culture references that make strong statements. Hard-edged gold, silver and black chains, often in multiple strands, adorned with bold colored stones characterize the new collection.
Vionnet’s CEO and creative director Goga Ashkenazi
The Vogue Talents Corner – Heaven Tanudiredja. Born in Bali, Heaven Tanudiredja trained in women’s wear at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, having already started his career at 15 as a tailoring assistant in Indonesia. The recipient of multiple awards while still a student, he launched his jewelry brand in 2007 using mainly French jet and antique crystal, soon gaining worldwide industry acclaim. Active in women’ s wear and menswear as well as jewelry, he has collaborated with such established and cutting- edge names as Christian Dior Haute Couture, Dries Van Noten. The new spring collection features beaded bracelets in shades of green and azure to be worn in multiples as well as silver chains with graphically chiseled pendants.
Moschino’s CEO Rossella Giardini
Artist Darren Bader and art critic Mariuccia Casadio.
The Vogue Talents Corner – Palmer/Harding. Central Saint Martins graduates Levi Palmer, above, and Matthew Harding launched their brand a little under two years ago, setting out to explore the potential of a single garment: the shirt. Experimenting with pattern cutting to adapt traditional techniques and produce directional garments, they have established a new standard of creativity, designing clean, individual, superbly crafted pieces whose hidden technicalities combine to create the perfect fit and silhouette. Cropped belted versions with short kimono sleeves or elongated shirt dresses in orange or white are spring standouts.
Italian Vogue’s Ariela Goggi and Max Mara’s legendary Laura Lusuardi
Italian Vogue’s Carlo Ducci
The Vogue Talents Corner – Vs2R. Born in the south of Italy in 1979, Vincenzo Somarrelli first pursued his interest in science and architecture before deciding to study fashion design at Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design. After a few experiences in the accessories industry, he launched his own footwear label, Vs2R, in 2011 with the ambition to blend geometric shapes and soft lines, combining a scientific approach with a strong artistic sense. With a keen eye for detail, Vincenzo Somarrelli’s collections emphasize structure, featuring a distinctive range of graphic styles finished off by beautifully sculpted heels.
The Vogue Talents Corner – Daniele Carlotta. Born in Sicily in 1985, Daniele Carlotta grew up surrounded by a strong sense of style instilled by his fabric dealer mother. Upon graduating as a fashion designer and stylist, he launched his brand in 2005 but kept traveling all over the world, fueling a strong artistic identity and a fine sartorial knowledge. Combining high quality fabrics, carefully studied silhouettes and unique jewel details, Daniele’s collections capture the essence of Italian sophistication infused with numerous influences from the art world. An old-world elegance revisited with a contemporary hand traces the spring collection underscored by either super long or ultra-short lengths and a play on transparencies.