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Valentino to Endorse Act N.1 at Upcoming Milan Fashion Week

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.

Luca Lin and Galib Gassanoff - Credit: Courtesy of Maison Valentino

Luca Lin and Galib Gassanoff – Credit: Courtesy of Maison Valentino

Courtesy of Maison Valentino

“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

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Milan Fashion Week’s September Edition Packed With Debut Shows

Updated on Aug. 1

MILAN — September’s Milan Fashion Week, running from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, is poised to be a packed affair, with 67 mostly physical shows, highly anticipated debuts and a bunch of returning designer brands.

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Among the creatives presenting their first collections for storied houses is Marco de Vincenzo, the newly named creative director at Etro, who will make his debut at the helm of the storied Italian brand. For it, he picked a location on the outskirts of the city for the Sept. 23 event, which takes place a few hours after Filippo Grazioli’s revamped vision for Missoni. This will mark Grazioli’s first catwalk since joining the brand as creative director in March. He was already responsible for the resort and men’s spring collections unveiled via presentations earlier this summer.

The following day, Sept. 24, a couple of additional eagerly awaited debuts are taking place: Salvatore Ferragamo, which showed via a presentation last season as it prepared a change of creative guard, is back with a coed show designed by newly installed creative director Maximilian Davis, while Bally, which had traditionally hosted presentations, is making its debut on the runway with the first collection designed by Rhuigi Villaseñor, the Manila-born designer behind the Rhude brand.

Moncler will cap off that day celebrating its 70th anniversary with a runway event at 9 p.m. CET.

Showing off-schedule on Sept. 25 at its Milan flagship store on Corso Buenos Aires, Benetton will parade the first collection designed by newly appointed creative director Andrea Incontri.

According to the provisional calendar issued Friday by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the week officially kicks off on Sept. 20 with the Milano Moda Graduate event, the fashion organizing body’s awards for graduate

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