Wales Bonner is the guest designer of Pitti Uomo 102
by Modem – Posted May 02 2022
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Wales Bonner is the Guest Designer of Pitti Immagine Uomo no.102, scheduled from June 14 to 17, 2022, in Florence). The designer of English-Jamaican origins will present, in a premiere showing in Florence, the Spring-Summer 2023 collection of her eponymous label Wales Bonner, with a fashion show-event in a location that has yet to be revealed.

Born in South East London to a Jamaican father and English mother, the designer Wales Bonner launched her brand following her graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2014, proposing a distinct notion of cultural luxury that infuses European heritage with an Afro Atlantic spirit. Established as a menswear brand, Wales Bonner’s soulful tailoring soon expanded to womenswear. Grace Wales Bonner has received numerous awards including Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards (2015), the LVMH Young Designer Prize (2016), Winner of the British Fashion Council/ Vogue Designer Fashion Fund (2019) and CFDA International Men's Designer of the Year (2021).

In 2019, Grace was invited by Maria Grazia Chiuri to collaborate with Dior to re-interpret the house's New Look silhouette for its Resort 2020 collection. In the same year, she curated an institutional exhibition, A Time for New Dreams, at Serpentine Galleries, London. Grace is head of the department of fashion design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Wales Bonner stockists include, Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Mr. Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Dover Street Market International and Boon the Shop.

"We have been familiar with the work of Grace Wales Bonner since she first debuted attracted first and foremost by her cultural sensibility and multidisciplinary approach that comes across in her collaborations with artists and other stylists, while appearing in each one of her collections", said Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine's communication & special events director. "We then followed the evolution of her menswear fashion proposal, the gradual grafting of the elegant sartorial structure on the development of fashion design and sportswear elements, a style which, if borrowed from the world of music, could even be called soul…"

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