MILAN — Leading Italian fashion institute Polimoda celebrated the work of 21 of its graduating students with the signature end-of-year fashion show on Tuesday.
Held in Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi location, which will host the school’s third campus starting next year, the event was dubbed “Separate Collection.” This year, the institute invited its students to reflect on the concept of conscious design, blending fashion and sustainability in developing their eight-piece collections.
A panel of international fashion personalities, headed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb, awarded emerging designer Giunia Guerrera and her “Sentimental materialism” lineup as best collection of the year.
For her collection, the Italian talent reflected on the nature of today’s social media-obsessed world, noting how people accumulate objects to demand attention. Guerrera’s structured silhouettes did command attention, especially for the asymmetric drapery and printed still-life photographs that breathed new life into scrapped materials.
A look designed by Giunia Guerrera.
Other members of the jury included actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia; Montblanc’s creative director Zaim Kamal; A.F. Vandevorst founders An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx; Emilio Pucci deputy chairman and image director Laudomia Pucci; designer Sam Cotton; Parsons’ dean of fashion Burak Cakmak; Diet Prada founders