Since 2013, Giorgio Armani has been hosting a young designer's runway show at his space during Milan Fashion Week, and this season's selection was just announced.
Meet Angelos Bratis, a Greek-born designer whose resumé includes time at Roberto Cavalli and Vionnet before launching his namesake line. His minimal, expertly tailored pieces have garnered him previous acclaim – he won Vogue Italia and AltaRoma's "Who Is On Next?" competition in 2011 – and we're sure that Armani's backing of his show will only bring more success to the brand.
His spring 2014 collection was a seaside-themed romp that featured asymmetrical takes on classic sailor-striped tops and beige beach shorts, while his fall 2014 offering is full of shining, draped gowns and wrap coats. He clearly admires Armani's classic aesthetic: In a press release he stated, "For me, the great Italian maestro is the perfect example of a designer who has deep values, expressed throughout a long career. These are the same values that I try to express in my work: femininity and pure elegance without artifice."
Bratis is slightly more under-the-radar than the previous designers Armani has sponsored at MFW, including Stella Jean and Au Jour Le Jour, both of which had sizable social media followings (and had caught the eyes of editors) before Armani's sponsorship. We're sure Bratis's profile will only continue to grow now that he is associated with the Armani brand. Watch this space for more.