The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia announces international judging panel and reveals 10 semi-finalists for the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition  

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Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue
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Stefan Siegle, Founder, Not Just A Label
Ruth Chapman, Co-Founder, Matches Fashion
Sara Maino, Head of Talent, Vogue Italia
Desiree Bollier, Chair, Value Retail
Andrew Keith, President, Lane Crawford
Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco-Age
Carlo Capasa, President, CNMI
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Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue), Derek Blasberg (Writer, Editor and Host of the television show ‘CNN Style’) and Mira Duma (CEO and Founder, Fashion Tech Lab ) will join Carlo Capasa (Chairman, CNMI), Livia Firth (Creative Director, Eco-Age) and Sara Sozzani Maino (Head of Vogue Talents and Senior Editor, Vogue Italia) as part of the judging panel for the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition for The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2017.

Andrew Keith (President, Lane Crawford), Ruth Chapman (Co-Founder and executive co-chairman, MATCHESFASHION.COM), Stefan Siegel (Founder, NOT JUST A LABEL) and Desirée Bollier (Chair, Value Retail Management) complete the show stopping line-up for the panel of the inaugural awards.

The judges will deliberate over the summer, together they will review ten bespoke Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) looks from the CNMI Green Carpet Talent semi-finalists. Images of the judges are available here.

Livia Firth, founder of Eco-Age and the GCC said: ‘Our judges bring a heady mix of innovation, insight and authenticity. We’re looking to help shape the future of the luxury industry. Our winners will combine an intense understanding of tradition, skill and culture with the new demands of sustainability and holistic design, that reflects the realities of the biosphere. Our judges reflect the calibre of the winner we desire.’

The CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition gives emerging designers a unique platform to weave sustainability through their design and production. Each of the 10 shortlisted designers has risen to the challenge so far by creating a bespoke look to celebrate craftsmanship using the GCC Principles*.

Carlo Capasa, Chairman, CNMI, said: “The CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition is a beautiful and unique project representing the first part of the first Green Carpet Fashion Awards. It joins two pillars of the strategy of CNMI: new talent and sustainability. This project looks to the future of fashion, represented by sustainability, seen through the eyes of emerging designers. This initiative includes an important educational aspect. There is no doubt that sustainability must become one of the characteristics of the future of fashion: clothing and accessories MUST not only BE beautiful and well made, but also sustainable! The end goal will be an authentic cultural revolution made by millennials for millennials. A fact also represented by our stellar judging panel’.

On the judging day the panel will whittle the semi-finalists down to the final five. These will go onto attend The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2017, at Teatro alla Scala on 24th September, where the winner will be announced.

The winner will receive the “Franca Sozzani GCC Emerging Designer of the Year” Award – in honour of late Franca Sozzani who constantly supported the new generation of talents through her numerous initiatives – and the opportunity to present at Milan Fashion Week, February 2018 as well as an exclusive retail mentorship programme with Value Retail.

The CNMI Green Carpet Talent ten semi-finalists are:

ATELIER TERRA URBANA, Mateja Benedetti

CALCATERRA, Daniele Calcaterra

CO|TE, Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari

EDITHMARCEL, Andrea Masato and Gianluca Ferracin

KALYAH, Nora Aldamer

LEO STUDIO DESIGN, Leo Macina

QUATTROMANI, Massimo Noli and Nicola Frau

SCULPTOUR, Alessandra Spada

TIZIANO GUARDINI, Tiziano Guardini

VAHAN KHACHATRYAN, Vahan Khachatrya