Indie Milan Fashion Exists, And It's GOOD

While names like Gucci, Fendi, Versace are definitive heavy hitters, as a whole, there have been growing concerns over the future of Italian fashion. In an article by The Business of Fashion, we learned that while Italy is known for making beautiful garments and exceptional leather goods, it hasn't been setting the best example when it came to fostering young talent.
But, times they are a-changin'. Luxury holding company Kering — linked to boldfaced labels like Gucci and Bottega Veneta — announced the launch of an internship program with Vogue Italia in September. “One way of keeping Made in Italy," François-Henri Pinault told WWD , "is to have very strong talent scouting and recruiting in that country." And, now, reflecting on this past Milan Fashion Week which recently wrapped, let's just say there's plenty to be optimistic and excited about when it comes to Italy's design scene.
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Ahead, we've laid out our five favorite designers that are shaping the landscape of Italian fashion. Some have been around for a few years while others are brand new to the scene, yet they all bring promise for more greatness to come. With the ongoing support from La Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the Italian version of the CFDA), we hope all concerns can soon be erased. Looking at this new set of fashion influencers, our hopes are high.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi.
Fausto Puglisi
The namesake brand of Sicilian designer Fausto Puglisi has been on the Milan Fashion Week calendar for the past couple years, but after last week's presentation of super sexy, super badass, and yes, sparkly pineapple-covered pieces, we have a feeling that Puglisi is a name everyone — in and outside the Italian design scene will remember.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi.
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Photo: Courtesy of MSGM.
MSGM
Led by designer Massimo Giorgetti, MSGM has been an exciting collection out of Italy for the past few years. However, this Milan Fashion Week was the first in which the clash-perfect collection took to the runway and, as far as we're concerned, proved that they have some seriously staying power.
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Photo: Courtesy of MSGM.
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Photo: Courtesy of MSGM.
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Photo: Courtesy of No 21.
No. 21
You're probably already quite familiar with No. 21 as they've been a fixture of Milan Fashion Week since 2010. Designed by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, the latest offerings are smart, sharp, and thoughtfully embellished, confirming that this still-young brand has many more tricks up its sleeve.
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Photo: Courtesy of No 21.
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Photo: Courtesy of No 21.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
Stella Jean
Stella Jean has already been recognized as a new power player in Italian fashion, as the winner of the Vogue Italia and AltaRoma's "Who's On Next" contest. And, one look at the designer's West African, wax-print covered pieces is enough to understand why. The looks mix modern with traditional, ladylike with a tomboy edge, and so much wonderful color. To think, this was only the first show at Milan Fashion Week.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
Marco de Vincenzo
Although the designer first made his debut in Paris, Marco de Vincenzo has been lighting up the Milan runway for the past couple years. Spring '14 saw the designer mixing sexy yet quirk in a perfectly cohesive way.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
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