MILAN — Valentino has identified Act N.1 as the emerging brand it will support in the second iteration of the project the fashion house developed last year with Camera della Moda, which officially kicked off in February.
As reported, the Roman brand and Italy’s fashion chamber have partnered in an initiative that each season will allow a young guest designer to present their fashion collection on Valentino’s Instagram platform, which currently has 17 million followers.
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Founded by design duo Galib Gassanoff and Luca Lin, Act N.1 will succeed Marco Rambaldi in getting the social media spotlight during Milan Fashion Week in September.
When introducing the project last year, Maison Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli said the goal was to offer designers the opportunity to use the brand’s social platform “as a stage to broaden their work and message” and that talents “whose sensitivity resonates with our core identity values” would be approached.
Established in 2016, Act N.1 stands for inclusivity and a personal, multicultural take on fashion, with its collections mixing a flair for deconstructed tailoring, theatricality and stylistic influences hailing from the founders’ own origins, as Lin is half Chinese and Gassanoff was born in Azerbaijan but grew up in Georgia.
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“The work of Galib Gassanoff and Luca Lin is light and profound as the gaze of every young designer should be and perhaps as the one of all of us should be. Multiculturalism, respect for diversity and celebration of the human coexist without dogmatism, without presumption in a free and courageous creativity,” said Piccioli, adding that “supporting talents able of combining beauty with a proposal of reflection is a duty, as well as interesting, because fashion can