12 avant-garde fashion shows at FASHION GRADUATE ITALIA you should see (part 2)

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Second part of the journey to discover all the talented young designers of the best Italian fashion schools met at FASHION GRADUATE ITALIA.

Is always surprising to come into contact with the positive energy of the young students who presents their first collection. They are excited, desirous of appreciation, often tired (because they usually work at the collection just until some minute before the fashion show) and attent to any detail. 

Last week FASHION GRADUATE ITALIA, an event organized by PSFM (Piattaforma Sistema Formativo Moda) in collaboration with many sponsors and partners, was a great occasion to be noted by press and talent-scouts, to met other students comparing styles and telling new fashion stories. 

In this previous post we’ve seen the graduate collections of two fashion schools, Istituto Europeo di Design and Accademia di Costume e Moda. Today I want to show you the amazing creations of many other promising fashion designers, coming from:

Since 1934 ISTITUTO SECOLI, located in Milan, is a reference point for fashion education, an international reality that spread the excellence of Made in Italy and the culture of craftmanship. Focused in particular on modelling techniques, with a worldwide recognized pattern-making method, at Istituto Secoli all the professors and professionals collaborate to concretely realize the dream of every aspiring fashion designer, the ability to design and perfectly make wonderful dresses. 
With 3-years accademinc courses, annual intensive courses, specializing masters and summer courses, this is the perfect school to gain all the knowledges to trasform creativity into beautiful and well done products. 


At Fashion Graduate Italia, Istituto Secoli presented 6 designers:

  • ANTONIO PALMIERO “Scars”: in this capsule colection the recurring motifs of cracks and scars are the representation of an inner pain. The imaginary is inspired by the underground and street world with shapes and volumes that recall the 80s. A collection designed for a young, independent and hyper-feminine woman, who loves to wear dark fabrics matched to classical pinstripes, red eco-leather, fancy printed fabrics. 

  • FEDERICA ZALETTI “Para-Normal”: a collection designed for a sophisticated and contemporary woman who loves to play with transparencies and overlays. The contemporary Japanese artist Akihito
    Takuma is the main inspiration for the conceptual world that the designer
    wants to express, and some of his works become prints on the white, black and blue fabrics that create stratifications, are soft and enveloping, with a construction that deliberately gives the feeling of “indefinite” shapes.

  • FILIPPO TODISCO “Pancitopenia”: a strong and impacting collection, which name comes from a rare blood disease, but that is a hymn to life despite every adversities. Pain and illness shouldn’t be experienced as exclusively negative events, because they can offer the possibility to underline greater values and enhance their strength and beauty.  The oversized and asymmetrical over-coats are destructured and reassembled with top-stitchings, in a clear analogy with scars on the body, or treated with bleaching, with a color palette dominated by white, nude, black and red. 
  • GRETA MORONI “Utopia for a positive world”: can an utopia be realizable? The young designer thinks that is possible to live in a better place and spread positive messages and with her collection, extremely versatile, she embraces a philosophy of life that is attentive to nature and invites us to think about global pollution. The color palette plays with the tones of white and black, while there’s a great research on materials and attention to eco-sustainability, with the use of organic cotton, hemp, linen, and newlife yarn 100% made using recycled plastic bottles,  enriched by handmade embroideries.
  • IRENE INCONTRI “Re-arrange”: the collection is based
    on a conceptual idea of enhancing cracks and wounds within a
    creation, from which it’s possible to re-create of a superior beauty. The main source of inspiration is the “Grande Cretto” by the informal Italian artist Alberto Burri, a Land Art work created in memory of the 1968 earthquake devastating the Sicilian city of Gibellina. White, black, beige with some accents of red are the predominant colors. Asymmetrical shapes, top-stitchings and transparencies along with laser cuts and technical fabrics in a basic color palette with some red touch, are part of the collection’s DNA.

  • SEUNGCHAE YU “New classical disco”: the Korean designer proposes a menswear collection that is a tribute to the fashion disco of the 70s and 80s, with comfy clothes and wide jackets with pointy collars and bell-bottom pants designed with a refined palette ranging from browns, greens and reds, for a classic style revisited with a  sophisticated flavor, where vintage coexists with a more contemporary mood.

FERRARI FASHION SCHOOL is one of the most interesting reality in the world of fashion education of the last 20 years. With a beautiful and multifunctional location at the heart of the Milan fashion district, the school is conceived as a true “fashion company” with a real style office, a pattern maker and tailoring laboratory and a professional photo set, to bring students more close to the world of work and make real experiences. With the 3-years and annual professional courses, the specializing masters and the possibility to customize the studying path of each student, Ferrari Fashion School is focused on avant-garde educational methods, professionalism and passion to guide the creativity of young students towards the exciting world of fashion jobs.


At Fashion
Graduate Italia 2017
, Ferrari Fashion School presents on the catwalk the VANIMORPHOTY (vanity + form) collections created by the
institute’s talents:  

GRETA POGGI (transparent pvc and asymmetries for a contemporary and clear style), CLAUDIA BETTINELLI (a fresh style that unifies classic and modern shapes), GIADA ALOTA (funny cartoon prints that emphasized simple female silhouettes), SILVIA PILLITTERI (a game of diagonal lines, abstract prints and glaced effects), ALESSANDRA BESOMI (sculptoreal hats and rounded shapes), ALICE FERRARI (pastel colors with the bold contrast of black feathers details), GIORGIA SALTARELLI (pure lines and few colors with precious touched), PAOLA QUIRICO (sometimes just an accessory is enough to speak about a strong style), ILARIA CATERINO (futuristic meet classic in all the shades of grey), ALICE MERONI (a sophisticate color palette enriched by filigree effect embroideries), FRANCESCA CARUSO (ultra modern shapes with unexpected slits and bright colored details), ANDREA VITALI (a dress that’s like a fluid metal with some neon touch), SVEVA PARLATO (orange and white for oversize lenght and rigid shapes), LUCA VHO (ethnic revisited with gentleness and a mature sensibility on color combination), EVA SANTALUCIA (magnificient and voluminous shapes with strong color accents), SELEN SELMIN (orange, grey and pink, an unusual color combination to gentle geometrical shapes), EMY CIANETTI (simplicity and minimal shapes with some surprising detail), SARA CICERI (the modern way to redesign a classic fabric like silk taffetas), SUNITA MORES (revisiting a great classic, the double breasted dress/jacket), ROBERTA RAPISARDA (an avant-garde look which plays with a game of layers and extravagant cuts)

All together these creations forms a contemporary
and feminine collection,with an interesting use of noble fabrics of 
the tailor-made tradition and new plastic
materials, joining a metropolitan and cosmopolitan woman who 
looks to the future 
without renouncing to her femininity and sensuality.

Founded in 1960s by the master tailor Domenico Lettieri, ACCADEMIA DELLA MODA, located  in Naples and Milan, is a dynamic educational institution that offers highly specialized courses, from the 3-years academic Bachelor degree to annual masters and short courses. This school is characterized by a interdisciplinary approach to fashion design and patternmaking, interior design and visual communication. Focused on the acquisition of both technical and cultural skill, the fashion design courses are an intensive training to prepare students to an active role in fashion industry. In particular are really important the attention to craftmanship and the specialization on high quality tailoring and patternmaking, feather in the cap of Made in Italy tradition.

In Milan the school presented really eclectic and creative graduate collections:

  • AMALIA PIERANTONI “Un bout de ciel”: an experimental collection, where the
    protagonist is the laser cut on wool that wants to recreate the idea of holes
    on pure soft colors through which
    it’s possible to glimpse the infinite and intangible
    dimension. Sky prints on lightweight and transparent materials like organza express this conceptual
    innovation of creating
    a utopian sweet and serene world that escapes from reality. A piece of sky.
  • ARIANNA DI MAIO “Stay woolish”: playing with wool yarns, the collection transmits the desire for a return to the past with elements of
    modernity and creativity, mixing traditional points and techniques
    with a most innovative process of craft
    obtaining unique pieces that simulate the industrial production
    perfectly the female silhouette.
  • CARLA ZAZO Distopia: a strong denounce of the decadence of society and the abused control by political institutions, a collection that shows a post-war and apocalyptic future, with references to cinema, punk aesthetic and masters of avant-garde fashion like Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens and Rei Kawakubo. Dedicated to a strong woman who wants to be unique and hidden to society at the same time, because her beauty is innate and doesn’t need to be displayed, through dark colors, masks and accessories similar to modern armours.
  • DAVIDE FAVETTA “Le jardin de monsieur D.”: a urban garden that express the contrasts between reality and imagination, streeetwear and romance through wild flowers that grows breaking the rigid structures of architectural city landscapes. A luxurious triumph of floral brocades and bouquets, ancient effect matelassé fabrics, embroidery and precious embellishments, an expression of past glories interpreted in a contemporary key.
  • MARIKA GENCO “Variability”: a celebration of a strong woman who is not afraid to dare using and interpreting with her bold style the classic pieces of male wardrobe, playing with unusual combinations, experimental cuts and asymmetries, with a clear choise of a color duo in black and white and decise accessories.
  • MICHELA CAVALIERE “Jungle Reinassance”: a really energetic collection that has two opposite souls mixed together. order and chaos. One one side the romantic 3-d flowers and floral prints, exotic, lush and wild, on the other the urban silhouettes, straight and solid, with a basic and clear color palette mixed with touches of deep forest green and vibrant red.
  • NATASCHA WANVERSTRAUT “Giraffe Escape”: a surreal escape from the chaos and pressure of urban world, dominated by an invasive technology. The solution is a refuge into a wild and funny alternative world, where animals and flowers plays toghether to create a joyful place, through the use of giraffe colorful prints and black and white flowers.
  • ROBERTA ALTRUDA “Psycho fashion therapy”: can a sensorial stimulation improve the sensation of well-being of a man? The designer thinks yes, and with her collection provides many kinds of antistress garments, simply making an attentive choice of materials. Soft suede leathers and padded fabrics stimulate the sense of touch, natural inspired prints relax the eyes, oversize shapes give comfort to the body and freedom to its movements, while masks protect our humanity from external reality.

  • ROSSELLA AMATO “Biomimetic fashion”: a conceptual reasoning about two different worlds, fashion and biological, that in this collection seem to find a common point. Studying the adherence characteristics of minor plants that inhabit the undergrowth, the connection of botanical elements with fashion is done. Clothes that become the support for the growth of the plants, and vegetal organisms that become three-dimensional decorations of the dresses, in a perfect symbiosis, called biomorphism.

The Mediterran countries are lands of creativity and HARIM EUROMEDITERREAN ACADEMY celebrates the connection between different culters with an international approach. Located in Catania and Tripoli, the school gives the chance to its students of being involved into an environment full of creativity and stimulus thanks to the meeting of different realities. Specialized in the educational field of fashion, interior design, product design and visual communication, the school offers also  interesting courses of jewelry and photography, 4 or 3-years academic courses, experimental masters and biannual or annual specializing courses, with professional teachers coming from the major fashion and communicative sectors, to better connect the students to the productive world.

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At Fashion Graduate Italia the school presented the collections of 9 young girls, all prominsing designers. 

  • ALESSIA AVELLONE Ανδρεας“: inspired by the play “The Pleasure” of the great Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, the designer celebrate the connection between male and female nature with an androginous style, that unifies love and death, spirituality and passion. This menswear collection is all except banal, rich as it is of cultural references, historical inspirations, deep conceptual reasonings. The result is a man who wears oversize destructured frock jackets mixed to feminine victorian elements, steampunk details and strong colors, with a sense of uniqueness really impressive.
  • BARBARA TRIMBOLI “Benthos”: an equilibrate synthesis of realism and romanticism, perfectly expressed by Nature through a recall to the beauty of a rich seafloor. Represented by fringes colored in coral pink and red, aqua green and purple, that move the clothes with incredible lightness, these sea creatures dance and celebrate a life spent with lightheartness.
  • CARLA SALERNO “Antonymy”: a fashion journey between two different artistic movements, Ukiyo and Impressionism, connecting west and east in a unique tale that speaks about cultural and aesthetic exchanges. From Japan the designer takes the solid color palette, the graphic use of black, yellow and sky blue, the kimono sleeves and the geometrical shapes, while from the west she takes the modernity of denim fabrics.
  • GIUDITTA CORPACI ” Sakura (kuro)”: the strong values of a samurai warrior and the enchanted and ephemeral femininity of a cherry blossom, these are the two opposite elements inspired by Japan at the basis of this collection. Designed for a combative woman, determinate, pure and honest, who wear geometrical shapes, armour-like parts, rigid fabrics and, at the opposite, the ligh pleated chiffon for blouses and dresses.
  • GIULIA FAZZIO “Line”: art and nature, represented by Antoni Gaudì with his desctructured shapes that wanted to rebuild the natural enviroment, and the research of minimal lines that reveal a deep meditation on basic elements of Nature itself. Lines become the protagonists of the collection, straigh, fluid or uniform, they connected all the elements of the outfits arriving at the common style that recall the praticality of sportswear.
  • GIULIA MANGANO “Catch my brain”: the mental chaos of a woman becomes a decoration on the body, a psychological necessity of being showed to be cancelled. Inspired by the movie “Girl. Interrupted”, the clothes represent the double personality of this woman, androgynous and sporty, timid and flashy, free and constricted at the same time, through the use of doubled fabrics, chaotic handmade prints and transformable effects.
  • IDA MUCCIO “Resurface”: beyond the surface of normality there’s our most intimate nature, the animal, that doesn’t have morality or mental structures. The designer, with a collection that has a gothic taste mixed with 19th century and punk reminescences, investigates on this contrapposition through a study about the female strong character of the history, able to sacrifice their natural instict in favor of the family.
  • ROSSELLA COSTA “Perceive me”: in a world in whic every feeling and emotion must be shared with the web, is there the possibility to live our personal mood, to enjoy the journey of this life?  Starting by the concept of the exploration of the world through the perceptions and with references to the futurism and the African War, the designer makes a journey through the men’s wardrobe enriched by pockets and spaces in which collect all the events of our life, as cultural baggage to bring with us.

  • SIMONA LIPERA “Lili Marleen”: the audacity of the female dresses in the Roaring Twenties and the sensuality of the Thirties, interpreted by the myth of Marlene Dierich, are the focal point of this glam collection, designed for an iconic woman who can wear with sensual nochalance the panty-suit or a luxurious fur, with a vintage allure that emphasize the female shapes.

Founded in 1980 and located in the pictoresque Navigli zone of Milan, NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti is the largest private academy in Italy and it’s internationally renowned for the elevate quality standard of academic methodology. With 3-years bachelor courses and 2-years masters, the school is focused on an innovative spirit that combines theory with artistic and professional practice, thanks to the strong relationships with the major companies and the emphasis on real-world projects proposed to the students by indusry itself. 

The main theme of the collection presented at Fashion Graduate Italiais “Migration“, seen as a reflection about the transfer of experiences, ideas and knowledges between mens.

  • AGNESE BECCATTI “My family goes to New Zealand”: a tale about migration with a personal interpretation of the emotions and real life experiences of the designer.
  • ENRICO MICHELETTO: one of the most extravagant and creative menswear collection seen this year, with historical reminescences and suggestive miscellaneous of female and male.
  • MATTEO DE TOME & GIUSEPPE CASAFINA “1984 divieto di sosta per cessata attività Parigi”: starting from “1984” by George Orwell the collection is an ironic reflection about totalitarism, consumistic omologation, obligations and prohibitions of the society in which we are living and our absurde conviction of being free.
  • HELENA PARDO MARIN “Pic a soul”: through the life experiences of Pablo Picasso, the designer makes a journey towards the most intimate essence of the artist. The collection follows his evolution, exploring the cold colors and the gloomy prints of the Blue period, the idialliac and soft tones of Pink period up to the geometric lines and layers of prints and surfaces of the Cubist period.
  • LUIS MANUEL LOPEZ LUNA: femininity is far from stereotypes and passes indifferently from delicate laces, to courageous transparencies and masculine garments reinterpreted with extravagant details and styling.
  • MIHALY DOMOKOS: man is a traveller and brings with him all the baggage of his journeys, mixing elements taken by different cultures.
  • OANA JUGANARU: knitwear and handmade weaving techniques creates the illusion of a primitive dream, with delicate silhouettes and colors that transform raw materials into something really special.
  • ROBERTO NIZZARI “Le (s) Fils”: the collection is inspired by the book “Les infants son terribles” by Jean Cocteau and the opposition between an irrational and a rational vision of the world, represented by the use of classic male fabrics matched to pvc accessories and exaggerated proportions.
  • SIMONE ANTONINI: who sayd that a man must wear only straight and rigid clothes? The collection exalts the fluidity of the shapes and the transformation of classic garments into something different.
  • TOSCA CANCLINI “C’era una volta…Hotel Tiepol…Via Bambini 17”: a sensible journey at Hotel Tiepolo, where the designer lived her childhood. Colors and  shapes testify all the events she lived, in a continuous opposition between the innocence of childhood and maturity, dream and reality, interpreted with an ironic and bizare touch.
  • YI XUAN WANG “Colonia Dignidad”: for her collection the designer is inspired by the homonym movie, based on real life events, with a former Nazi migrates to Chile setting up a camp, while a female prisoner never looses hope through the ordeal.

I’ll wait you really soon with the graduate collections of other interesting fashion schools!

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