The Spiga 2 designers for Spring Summer 2012 are as talented, innovative and exciting as ever. Here is a quick introduction of the chosen 16 to wet your appetite for the new season’s designs.
Dolce&Gabbana’s Spiga 2 is entering its second year. The project looks to patronise promising emerging designers and allows them a sales network in the centre of the Milanese shopping district, but also valuable mentoring from Dolce&Gabbana.
Daria Escenso’s designs are “easy and cool”. The biker details which punctuate her collection are juxtaposed to flowing fabrics and feminine silhouettes. Her collection seamlessly shifts from casual to sensual.
French eccentrics Ophelie and Francoise are the minds behind Devastee. Their “dark”, rebellious designs are centred on the colours of black, grey, smoke and white.
Anglo Brazilian Christina has given life to a romantic, almost vintage collection. Her inspiration Marilyn Monroe, is at the centre of the collection, which is suited to a strong and sensual yet vulnerable woman.
Russian born and Central Saint Martins’s graduate Sergei Grinko experiments with tailoring creating modern and innovative looks. His inspirations are at opposites end of the aesthetic spectrum: on the one side gothic darkness, on the other, fairy tale romanticism.
This fashionable Scot is a true find. Alice has already won many accolades for her knitwear collections. Her delicate and unonventional designs demonstrate the innovative uses of knitwear experimented by the designer.
Turkish born designer Arzu started his career by studying in Paris at the Paris American Academy. He is now a regular on the Paris catwalks and has already won the allegiance of style goddesses of the likes of Meg Ryan, Kelly Rowland and Gisele Bundchen.
Zeynep’s inspiration comes from her native Turkey. She’s one of the most anticipated designers to show at Instanbul fashion week, and her designs, characterised by her humour and know how reference her culture but cater for an international client base.
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This young Italian talent emerged on the Alta Roma fashion week with a bang. His latest collection which showed in Paris, is awash with all over prints and asymmetric volumes, which are true to his ironic and slightly irreverent style.
Intelligence, innocence and tradition are the values upheld by Ukrainian Lilia Poustovit. Her conceptual romanticisms mixed with ethnic prints are at the base of the designer’s creativity.
Italian designers behind the Co|Te brand, Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari, centre their collections on the concept of a woman who is curious and intent on experimenting. The designs remain close to a woman0s figure, valorising it without seeming vulgar.
Katha Harrer is German but lives and works in Vienna. Katha seek sto create something new, different and exciting but especially wearable, regardless of the client or the use they intend for the garment. In keeping with her desire to create truly democratic fashion, the majority of Harrer’s collection is unisex. (images coming soon)
This young designer has already earned a staggeringly large amount of accolades. After her graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2008, she has earned the prestigious awards such as the Puma CSM Bursary Award, The Fashion Fringe and the Best International Innovation Award, as well as being nominated by WGNS as one of the “breakthrough designers” in 2011.
Spanish designer Juan Vidal comes from a long tailoring tradition and began designing his first evening and bridal gowns at the age of 15. Since then he has completed a degree from Barcelona’s Felicidad Duce Design School and delighted at the Spanish fashion weeks. His SS12 collection is delicate and feminine.
After having earnd his stripes at Prada, Calvin Klein and YSL, Pompilio showed his first ever solo menswear line at the last edition of Milan Fashion Week. His collection is based on the elaboration of menswear where classic and work wear mix.
His design career started in 2003, and in 2010 he won the “Who is on Next” competition organised by Pitti Immagine Uomo. Quaranta’s main inspiration for his menswear is the idea of the lost man. For his SS12 collection, he referenced the Current 93 album, Hallucinatory Mountain.
This young Turkish designer is a real find. He looks to vary the core menswear pieces. His signature is to add value to the designs and the cuts of the original concept of the garment as opposed to watering it down by adding new ideas on top of it. (images coming soon) Serdar Uzuntas
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni