NEXT GENERATION: Ujoh will show its women’s collection at Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Teatro during Milan Fashion Week later this month.

Founded in 2009 by Mitsuru Nishizaki, the Japanese brand will present its fall collection on Feb. 27 in the show space.

Nishizaki, who previously worked for Yohji Yamamoto as a pattern cutter, was also a finalist last year of the talent search contest “Who’s on Next? Dubai.”

“I have supported young designers for the past 12 editions, but their enthusiasm, their dedication and creativity continue to amaze me every time,” said Armani. “My desire is to keep an international perspective: So for this season I chose the Japanese Ujoh, and I wish it a long and distinguished career.”

“I am honored and grateful to Giorgio Armani for the opportunity to present my collection at the Armani/Teatro,” Nishizaki said. “I am determined to do my best to benefit from this unique opportunity, and I look forward with enthusiasm to the new challenges that the future holds for me.”

Armani has formerly hosted at his theater designers including Lucio Vanotti, Daizy Shely, Andrea Pompilio, Stella Jean, Julian Zigerli, Au Jour Le Jour’s Diego Marquez and Mirko Fontana, Angelos Bratis, Christian Pellizzari and Vivetta Ponti.

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