NEW ARRIVALS: Diego and Andrea Della Valle, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Giuseppe Zanotti were among the Italian fashion luminaries who turned out to support emerging designers at The Vogue Talents Corner, co-hosted by Vogue Italia and Yoox virtual multibrand store Thecorner.com.
Margherita Missoni, accompanied by her husband Eugenio Amos, revealed she is expecting her first child. The couple were joined at the event by Sergio Rossi creative director Francesco Russo, Moncler’s Remo Ruffini, Vionnet owner Goga Ashkenazi and Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini.
Front-row stalwart James Goldstein, sporting his signature leather jacket and Crocodile Dundee hat, was also among the crowd checking out 11 international up-and-coming brands. It turns out the Los Angeles-based multi-millionaire and NBA fan will launch his own fashion line next fall.
The collection for men and women is being developed in partnership with four Milan-based investors, who have plastered the city with photos of Goldstein to generate buzz. “It’s going to be my style, the kind of thing I wear,” he said. “It will be for people who like to go nightclubbing and that kind of thing — hip and edgy clothes.”
Now in its third season, The Vogue Talents Corner is open to the public until Feb. 25. Visitors can order items from designers’ spring-summer collections directly on thecorner.com, using Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets dotted throughout the exhibition space.
The lines on offer included that of young Sicilian talent Daniele Carlotta, who imbued his feminine lineup with sartorial accents, as evidenced by boxy color-blocked blazers worn over sensual see-through minidresses. Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding, the duo behind London-based women’s wear label Palmer//Harding, presented creative variations on the classic white shirt.
For her J. JS Lee collection, South Korean designer Jackie Lee showcased minimal pleated dresses and printed polo shirts. Among accessories labels, Indonesia’s Heaven Tanudiredja stood out, with cool silver chains with sculpted pendants and colorful beaded bracelets, while British designer Kirsty Ward showed tribal-like necklaces with metallic colored fringes.
Jessica Stam was there to support her friend Dana Lorenz, who designs the Fenton Fallon jewelry line, and to tweet on behalf of co-sponsor Samsung using one of their Galaxy Note II smartphones. “It’s great. It has a much better screen and you get to doodle. I’ll show you what I mean,” she said, pulling up a series of sketches she whipped up between shows.