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Instagram Spotlight: The New Italians

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A tender moment between Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, and one of his youngest fans, who is sporting a pair of the designer's furry footwear.

In Italy there has been groundswell of new designers showing in Milan that has the entire industry buzzing. And these young turks are taking fashion by storm—on the runway and in the virtual sphere. Here, Bal Harbour Shops highlights five of these up and coming Italian designers to follow on Instagram.

The appointment of Alessandro Michele as the creative director of Gucci has not only taken the brand in a 180-degree new direction it has also caused a bit of a fashion earthquake. The designer’s romantic, nostalgic and vintage inspired pieces has sent sartorial tremors throughout the industry. He is also very social media savvy as his new #GucciGram project on Instagram proves. One of the best ways to get the inside track on what’s coming up next is to follow his feed.


Massimo Giorgetti might have started his work life studying accounting, but it’s with fashion that the numbers are adding up right for the designer. He has found both critical and commercial success with his own MSGM brand, which is known for its bright colors and bold designs (that are in part inspired by his side job as a DJ). As of the Spring/Summer 2016 season he is also helming the Pucci brand as its new creative director while continuing to design his own line.


Peter Dundas is no newbie to fashion. The Norwegian designer, (who looks like a California surfer boy), spent a large number of his formative years in India with his family. This might account for his love of bold colors and prints and a preference for form fitting sexy ensembles. Over the years, Dundas worked with the likes of Jean Paul Gauliter, Christian Lacroix and Roberto Cavalli before spending six successful years as the creative director of Pucci. Earlier this year Dundas was named the new creative director for Roberto Cavalli and showed his first, 80s inspired, collection for the house this past October.


All eyes are on Marco de Vincenzo to become a leader of the next generation of Italian designers. He spent years training and working alongside Silvia Venturini Fendi before launching his own line in 2009. De Vincenzo is known for his skill in manipulating luxe materials like leather, fur and silk and has already come up with a number of trademark designs that incorporate rainbow color hues into his work. He has a growing line up of fashion “it girls” who favor his brand and his new line of sunglass have become a best seller.


Looking at the bombastic and sexy style of Fausto Puglisi it is easy to understand why so many compare his work to that of Donatella Versace. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana spotted him early and gave him a showcase for his work in their concept-store in Milan. And his statement designs have been seen on women like Beyonce, Rita Ora, Zendaya and Miley Cyrus. Besides his signature brand the Sicilian born Puglisi is also behind the rebirth of the Emanuel Ungaro brand and spits his time between his home in Los Angeles, Paris and Milan where he honors his Italian heritage by showing his eponymous collection in the fashion capital.


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