PolimodaPeople #10

Brand visionaries and eco-oriented minds herald the future of fashion

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Welcome to our monthly foray into the lives and work of our #PolimodaPeople. Here you will find leads, inspirational interviews, award-winning projects, generated press and everything you need to know about our students and alumni’s achievements.

Home in the spotlight

Federico Cina hasn’t missed a beat since his Polimoda days, presenting a show-stopping Romagna-inspired collection at the AW 2019-20 edition of Altaroma. An homage to his native land, Romagna mia plays with the modern bucolic, with poppy color pairings and ethereal volumes earning him a spot among Elle magazine’s Top 10 new talents. Fashion Design alumnus Yojiro Kake shared the stage during the Roman fashion week, proving himself a fan favorite in the event’s noteworthy Showcase Project.

See it on the runway on elle.com

Visual Veracity

A touching representation of Sesto’s Fiorentino’s queer culture, Alice Pastorelli’s Diva, nessuno ha il diritto di essere se stesso captures the crude reality of merging one’s authentic self with complex social realities. As one of two photographers awarded for the best portfolio at the Photolux Festival 2018, the 26-year-old image maker was deeply lauded for her intimate portrayal of human relationships in the Florentine suburb, prompting a thought-provoking one-on-one to discuss sexuality, obesity and artistic expression in Italy.

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Copyright © Alice Pastorelli for Photolux Magazine

Pics and words on photoluxfestival.it

Whatever in Paris

For the past 10 years, Paris’ Florence Deschamps Showroom has been a hotbed for promoting up-and-coming talent, backing the likes of Kenzo Takada for Takada, Colette Dinnigan, Louise Goldin, David Szeto and Heaven Tanudiredja. Now, the consulting agency’s Showroom Director and Fashion Brand Management alumna Marina Lyritzi sparked a new collaboration with pioneer brand Whatever Eyewear, spurring a Vogue China interview on optical novelty and brand managing emerging talent.

Read the interview on vogue.com.cn

A Daring Task

Alumna Flavia Carbonetti founded Einfühlung to craft unisex clothing for conscious-driven citizens: “Our commitment is to make sure that our impact on this planet is as sustainable as possible,” she explains, offering transparency and top-quality production in all dimensions of the Luxembourg-based Italian label. Inspired by her successful merging of cool aesthetic and responsibility, The Secret Code of Fashion spoke with the young talent to talk big sellers, millennials and her industry inspirations.

More of Flavia’s words on thesecretcodeoffashion.com

Busy Bees

Slow-fashion leather label BennyBee, co-owned and run by Fashion Brand Management Masters student Mariana Leite, earned its first Pitti spotlight this year, garnering applause for its refusal to compromise on quality, sustainability or ethics in the production of its hand-stitched goods. Made with love in Slovakia and topped with a coat of royal honey, the family business has been making its sweet packs since 2014, earning features in Vogue Italia, Forbes and now among The Rake’s must-have sacks of the season.

See the Pitti lineup on therake.com

Color Coordinated

Emirati entrepreneur Fatima Al Shirawi runs on the power of color, merging technology, science and a knack for hues to meet global industry needs. The Gracious F, her color-centric consultancy, employs hue-oriented psychology to aid corporate, interior design and luxury fashion clients in the development of their aesthetic, a chromatic method that recently crowned the visual guru among the 30 most innovative CEOs by Insight Success.

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Read the color philosophy on insightssuccess.com


A close-cut selection of flash updates.

  • Margarita Demetria “Mai Mai” Cojuangco’s bag collection caught national attention in the Inquirer for skillfully merging Italian technology and Filipino craftsmanship;
  • C’era una volta, a childrenswear brand founded by Fashion Design alumna Emanuela Nurra, made a successful Paris debut during the latest edition of Playtime Paris;
  • Pakistan’s Something Haute sings high praises of alumna Ammara Khan’s latest Glamazon collection vaunting luxurious satin and jewel-tone velvet pieces;
  • Trisha Lalani’s recently launched new-age label Tisch was dubbed a bold new entry into the fashion landscape by India’s leading women’s magazine Femina.