WHO IS ON NEXT? THE WINNERS

Conceived and organised by AltaRoma in collaboration with Vogue Italia, the competition, which is dedicated to new talents in fashion, has just awarded the prizes for its ninth edition. We get more of a close-up of the winners.

Arthur Arbesser (arthurarbesser.com)

First Prize 2013 Prêt-à-porter Womenswear

Extreme colour choices, distinctive fabrics, and minimal volumes. The Viennese designer Arthur Arbesser seems to have a mission; that of instilling art and beauty into all the items of clothing in his collections. The proposals for his Spring/Summer 1914 collection reinterpret the aesthetics of the Austrian painter Heinz Stangl, evoking the energy and feminine fragility that characterise his work, through intense colours, androgynous lines and new prints.

What emotions are you feeling about winning this prize?
I wasn’t expecting it; for me it was an honour just to be competing. This win is wonderful and has shown me that when you really believe in something, somehow success will always arrive.

What is the inspiration for this collection?
The art work of the Austrian painter Heinz Stangl, a man who is refined and cultured, in tune with the simple, androgynous lines I love most.

What opportunities do you think this win can offer you?
To facilitate the sale of my collection.

In your opinion, what are the particular features of the collection that won over the jury?
The knitwear items, which are my strong point, and the use of see-through organza that gave a great deal of femininity to the clothes.

 

Esme Vie by Julia Voitenko and Daria Golevko (esmevie.com)

First prize Prêt-à-porter Womenswear

Esme Vie is the fruit of a creative alliance between Julia Voitenko and Daria Golevko. The two designers choseMilanas their base in order to realise a fashion project in which Russian cultural heritage, Made inItalyand inspirations from the fifties are combined. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection is characterised by a timeless elegance tied to an indispensible practicality. The various items of clothing, realised in silk and satin, and in double washed silk, are perfect for a summer spent in the city between work commitments, socialising and free time.

What emotions are you both feeling about winning this prize?
We are so happy! It is a joy that all the finalists in the competition aspire to.

What is the inspiration for this collection?
The personal style, classic beauty and elegance of the fifties and seventies; that elegance that has been rather lost, because everything has become too easy and informal.

What opportunities do you think this win can offer you?
To get our work known at an International level.

In your opinion, what are the particular features of the collection that won over the jury?
The continuity of our collections: the summer one can become the winter one, and vice-versa. Then, we have received compliments, above all, for the quality of the fabrics and of the workmanship.

 

Paul Andrew (paulandrewdesign.wordpress.com)

First Prize Accessories Women

Paul Andrew, the British designer based inNew York, has a meticulous and innovative creativity. Comfort, femininity and art are the key words to enter his world, made up of sophisticated and sensual creations, realised with impeccable workmanship. The shoes for next summer are a homage to the portraits taken by the American photographer, Andrew Zuckerman.

What emotions are you feeling about winning this prize?
I’m really thrilled, enthusiastic and curious to discover what the future holds in store for my brand here inEurope.

What is the inspiration for this collection?
A beautiful book about flowers by the photographer Andrew Zuckerman

What opportunities do you think this win can offer you?
I hope it will enable my brand to grow in Europe, above all, inItaly.

In your opinion, what are the particular features of the collection that won over the jury?
I think it is because my style does not follow the trends of the moment. My idea is to return to creating “single sole heels” and sexy stilettos with a new twist. This is the future!