NYLSTAR’S STUDENT SHOWCASE
Byline: Kim Coston
FLORENCE, Italy — On the second day of Pitti Filati, 40 design students from international fashion schools got a chance to show their new ideas in a fashion show and competition sponsored by nylon maker Nylstar.
Their theme was Metropolitan Nomad, and they turned out snowboard-inspired streetwear including Nylstar’s Meryl and Elite brands of nylon.
The top prize, an internship at Trussardi, went to Connie Ko Eun Byun, a student in the New York Fashion Institute of Technology’s Florence exchange program at Polimoda.
Umberto Rognoni, marketing director at Nylstar, said, “We chose this theme as one suited to a new type of customer, young at heart and not just in age.
“Metropolitan nomads,” he continued, are people “searching for new sensations and places to explore. Consumers who want lightweight, easy-care, comfortable, multipurpose, versatile garments for all climates and occasions. Items that could be stowed in a backpack but will be beautiful to wear.”
Other schools participating in the event included the London College of Fashion; Paris’s Institut Francais de la Mode and Esmod; Nottingham Trend University; Munich, Germany’s Deutsche Meisterschule; Barcelona, Spain’s Artes y Tecnicas; Milan’s Istituto Marangoni; Rome’s Accademia Koefia, and Polytex, in Prague, the Czech Republic.
Also at the event, The Fashion Book, an online database of 500 young European designers, was unveiled.
It is a joint effort of Prato’s Chamber of Commerce and the committee for the Promotion of Young Fashion Designers.