Who Is on Next has become a fashion event that top editors and retailers flock to seeking the next possible talent. This edition didn't disappoint with Carta e Costura, Soft Core and Sara Lanzi, the latter winning the top prize.

Sara Lanzi: Rather than developing a theme, this 37-year-old designer channels her wit to produce unique pieces in quirky fabrics, including an accordion-pleated trapeze dress in liquid silk, a corn-and-viscose sweater dress with tiered insets and the rubber-and-nylon blazer in deep woodsy tones.

Soft Core: Designer Sergio Zambon describes his clothes as "classy streetwear," a fusion of intricate workmanship with sportswear accoutrements — a cotton tank dress with a rhinestone-embroidered collar was held together by snap closures, while a duster, crafted to resemble a jacket-and-skirt combo, was made with waxed cotton.

Carta Costura: Design duo Alessandra Carta and Rita Fiorentino went for a back-to-the-future approach with the Middle Ages, 18th-century regalia and Rainer Werner Fassbinder films providing the inspiration. They turned the theory into practice with dresses and skirts that were ruched, tucked and cut on the bias in an array of silks.

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