Highlighting the Creative and Contemporary Fashion Culture = Promoting Freedom of Cultural Creation, Cultural Development, Freedom of Expression and Artistic Creativity   

An overview of some of the young and talented designers who presented their Spring/Summer 2016 collections at Pitti Uomo 88, Florence 2015:

Dent de Man

 

Photos: Courtesy of the Ethical Fashion Initiative/ Pitti Immagine and Giovanni Giannoni 

Key strengths:

  • Mixing the Ivory Coast with the heart of East London.
  • The contrast between traditional sartorial elegance and cutting edge
  • The utilisation of vintage fabrics and ancient printing techniques  

Maxhosa By Laduma 

Photos: Courtesy of the Ethical Fashion Initiative/ Pitti Immagine and Giovanni Giannoni 

Key strengths:

  • Finest Knitwear
  • Pushing Xhosa culture to the future:  the ability to explore knitwear design in order to celebrate the traditional Xhosa beadwork aesthetics

Orange Culture

Photos: Courtesy of the Ethical Fashion Initiative/ Pitti Immagine and Giovanni Giannoni 

Key strengths:

  • Mixing the Nigerian aesthetic with a contemporary urban street wear
  • The determination to create “a movement for a creative class of men that are self-aware, expressive, explorative and art-loving nomads”.

Projecto Mental

Photos: Courtesy of the Ethical Fashion Initiative/ Pitti Immagine and Giovanni Giannoni 

Key strengths:

  • The reinvention of the Angola’s cultural identity with an avant-garde approach to tailoring 
  • The determination to use fashion to clothe the body and mind, as well as to tell the story of the Angolan people.