PolimodaPeople #7

From Royal turf to Parisian heights, Polimoda people rule reinvention

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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.

Flip to the 90s

With his epic mix of Italian tailoring and Filipino/American hip-hop culture, Gianfranco Villegas walked the Parisian catwalk with legendary Italian brand Sergio Tacchini, using garments from its historic 90s archive to restructure sportswear both aesthetically and conceptually. Created in collaboration with the Polimoda alumnus’ clothing label Self Made, the mini capsule collection consisted of cool, oversized pieces marked by clever embroidery, with a playful editing of Tacchini’s brand logo and sports accessories.

See full collection on nowfashion.com

A Royal Affair

Polimoda alumnus Edgardo Osorio, founder and designer of Aquazzura, took his luxury footwear line to new heights this year, making headlines for his envy-worthy satin slippers worn by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, on her royal wedding day. With impressive global collaborations to his name, the footwear guru was behind shoes worn by the likes of Oprah, Princess Cleopatra Zu Oettingen, the Duchess of Cambridge and other esteemed wedding attendees.

Aquazzurra - Royal Wedding

More well-heeled ladies on vogue.me

The Parisian Personified

From Léa Seydoux to Camille Cottin, Brand Management alumna Clémence Dru is making waves in the highest strata of the star-studded world. In an interview with Do it in Paris, the French designer discussed the inspiration behind her label Côme, offering her personal take on Parisian elegance, loose pants and on why everything is better as a pair.

Clemence Dru - PolimodaPeople

Read her interview for doitinparis.com

Free Ride to Madness

Italian menswear and knitwear designer Giulia Farencena Casaro defines herself as a silent observer, intrigued by the loss of traditional values in the digital age. Selected to present her collection Sacrifiction during this year’s FASHIONCLASH festival, the fashion platform spoke with the Polimoda Talent winner to hear more about her South Tyrolean roots and why reflecting on sacrifice can alter our perception of the world.

Giulia Faracena Casaro - PolimodaPeople

Check it out on fashionclash-festival.com

The Future Contained

“The only true realist is the visionary,” quotes Polimoda alumnus Niccolò Giannini, giving his emerging bag brand a Fellini touch. After winning the accessories category for Vogue’s Who is on Next? in 2017, the Tuscan-born spoke with Luisaviaroma about his love for 50s and 60s interior design and what’s in store for his second-to-none leather bags.

Nico Giani - PolimodaPeople

Read more on luisaviaroma.com


A close-cut selection of flash updates.

  • Polimoda alumna Sarah Venturini of mattandsarah is a name to watch, says Vogue Talents, whose video There are two fish on my sofa explores the link and break between body, ego and sociality;
  • Sherwin-Williams announced the addition of Polimoda’s Trend Forecasting alumna Kiki Redhead as Color and Trend Lead for Industrial Coatings;
  • Daria D’Ambrosio’s dreamlike collection Aurum Auris caught the eye of Nouvelle Factory, who spoke with the young talent about drapery and creative influence;
  • La Jolie Fille founder and stylist Michele Capalbo was featured in Cosmopolitan for his latest velvet-laden collection and enduring fame among Italian cinema stars.