FIRST-TIME WINNER: Suket Dhir, who represented India, Pakistan and the Middle East, on Wednesday won the latest edition of the International Woolmark Prize dedicated to men’s wear.

A show featuring the collections of this season’s finalists, which included Munsoo Kwon, P. Johnson, Agi & Sam, Jonathan Christopher and Siki Im, was held at Florence’s Villa Favard during the 89th edition of international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo.

“This is the first award I won in my life,” said Dhir, who founded his namesake label in 2009. He will get a cash prize of 100,000 Australian dollars [or $72,500 at current exchange] along with the chance to have his collection sold in a high-end retail network. “My father, who is an elegant man, has been the muse for this collection.”

Dhir showcased a men’s lineup where wool was combined with silk for fluid suits and separates worked in colorful graphic patterns. Some pieces were worked with tie-dye techniques and were embellished with soft draping.

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