PolimodaPeople #4

Leading designers, rookies and rising stars - representing fashion at all levels


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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.

Winning for Italy at Moda Portugal

Polimoda alumna Beatrice Mason received Moda Portugal’s Best Collection per Country award for Italy with ATLAS, her SS 18 Master graduate work, a romantically geometric take on elegant sportswear. Alive with ethereal asymmetry, her concepts are awash with an almost-optical use of black lines, see-through fabrics and colored floral motifs. Two other Polimoda alumnae, Sanna Schubert and Belén Estévez, were vying for this edition’s prize.

Feast your eyes on vogue.pt

Behind the seams of fetishist Japan

Kaltblut published a glowing photo feature on Polimoda Fashion Design student Veronica Spampinato’s debut menswear collection titled Into men Kangae. The garments and silhouettes draw inspiration from the twisted underbelly of Japan’s business culture, where men run a market based on the currency of vice and sexual role-play. Most of the fabrics are emblazoned with bright graphics born out of the young designer’s creative imagery.

Full feature on kaltblut-magazin.com

New image-makers at work

Master in Fashion Styling students Veronika Chrysagi and Ginevra Saraswathi Menon put their recently acquired skills to the test, catching the eye of SOMA magazine with their creative image making. Chrysagi devised the perfect lookbook for fellow Polimoda student Irene Yilin’s collection, while cohort students Menon and Giulia Grasso worked on creating cutting-edge snapshots for Polimoda designer and winner of the 2017 Wool Wonders project Jamila Pandolfo.

See in full color on somamagazine.com

Knotting worlds together

Multicultural designer and Polimoda alumnus Ryota Sakai makes waves with his avant-garde creations. The theatrically shaped garments involve macramé knots and patterns, putting forth a refined visual journey that borrows elements from the designer’s Japanese heritage and international educational background, featuring California and Florence as the setting for major turning points in his vision and craft.

PolimodaPeople - Ryota Sakai collection

Read full story on fashioncapital.co.uk

Mr Unstoppable

Federico Cina is definitely on a roll: after a year of non-stop success, the Fashion Design alumnus’ latest collection “How a life come alive in the world” has landed him a spot in VFiles list of Five must-see designers from all over the world. Cina will be travelling overseas this January to present his work at Capsule Show during New York Fashion Week.

PolimodaPeople - Federico Cina collection

Find all the game-changers on vfiles.com

In the bling rink

Master in Fashion Brand Management alumna and director of fine jewelry at Rainbowwave, Laura Muscat shares her thoughts on possible solutions to soften the blow of new trends within the framework of the Business of Fashion’s survey on how heightened exposure brings new challenges for fashion jewelers.

PolimodaPeople - Laura Muscat

Read more on businessoffashion.com

A solid prediction

Hunger TV’s online radar has raked in some of the most promising young designers for 2018 and drawn up a 7-name list including Polimoda alumnus Gianfranco Villegas. The Fashion Design graduate’s clothing label Self Made is renowned for its top-quality workmanship, mixing Italian luxury with Filipino American streetwear and hiphop culture.

PolimodaPeople - Gianfranco Villegas collection

See if you agree with hungertv.com

Tips from the top: Christian Pellizzari’s Milan

In an interview with Esquire Italy, Polimoda alumnus Christian Pellizzari explains why he has chosen to live and establish his namesake clothing label in Milan, offering his personal outlook on what the capital of Lombardy has to offer when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, clubbing and enjoying an authentic Milan-style aperitivo.

PolimodaPeople - Christian Pellizzari collection

Follow Christian’s hot leads on esquire.com

Runways across the Mediterranean

Polimoda alumna Rosemarie Abela showcased her designs on the Serbia Fashion Week runway. This is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the event and Malta Fashion Week, where Abela won the Best Upcoming Designer award in 2014. The same year, the talented Fashion Design graduate earned her degree and opened her very own studio in Qormi, not far from her native town of Siggiewi, where she has managed to establish herself specializing in made-to-measure couture and handmade knitwear.

All info on timesofmalta.com


A close-cut selection of flash updates.

  • Polimoda alumna Elizaveta Buynova was interviewed by Russian fashion portal Make Your Style on, among other things, her role as footwear and accessories designer for Ann Demeulemeester;
  • Polimoda alumna Andrea Rots launches her new hedonistic collection Dress for pleasure, featured in The Kinsky.