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SHINE A LIGHT: Emerging talents mingled with established industry figures at Milan’s Palazzo Morando, which on Wednesday night played host to a throng of designers gathered for the latest edition of Vogue Italia’s talent-scouting initiatives Who Is on Next and Vogue Talents.

 

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Alberta Ferretti, fresh from showing her collection, was joined by the likes of Ermanno Scervino, Luisa Beccaria, Anna Molinari, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, Gaia Trussardi and Kean and Constanza Etro at the packed event.

 

Ferretti said she was already thinking ahead to next year’s Expo in Milan, preparations for which are transforming sections of the city into building sites.

 

“We are all very interested in the Expo. We are talking to them, we are thinking about projects but nothing has been defined as yet. But as usual, the fashion industry is fast, both to prepare and to execute,” she said.

 

As Giuseppe Zanotti examined the Oscar Tiye shoes designed by Amin Muaddi in the Who Is on Next corner, Margherita Missoni admired the floor-length evening gowns from Nigerian brand Lanre Da Silva Ajayi Couture.

 

“She does all her prints by herself and she has some great style. I think they’re very much inspired by African traditional suits and dressing, but it’s quite modern and contemporary and I like it,” Missoni commented.

 

U.S. Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour, accompanied by Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani, toured the Vogue Talents section, alighting at the booth of Abrima Erwiah, who was showing the Studio One Eighty Nine brand she co-founded last year with actress Rosario Dawson.

 

“Rosario and I have been friends since we were children. We grew up in New York together and we’ve always been talking about doing something together in fashion related to social development,” said Erwiah, who previously worked at Bottega Veneta.

 

“We really loved the idea of preserving crafts and artisanship and techniques,” she added, noting the brand is based between Accra, Ghana, and New York and features handmade items using techniques like batik and indigo dyeing.

 

Vogue U.K. editor in chief Alexandra Shulman was deep in conversation with Emma Yeo, who displayed headwear ranging from laser-cut bleached wood visors to elaborately sculpted and gilded headpieces.

 

“My background is in textiles and jewelry, so it kind of brings lots of these processes together and combines them in millinery,” the designer explained.

 

The evening also marked the second edition of the Empower Talents internship program, run by Vogue Italia and Kering.

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