In the fashion industry's never-ending game of creative director musical chairs, another chair has been filled, this time by one of Milan's rising stars.
Arthur Arbesser has been named creative director of Iceberg, a 43-year-old Italian company that launched in the '70s as a knit sportswear brand and now encompasses childrenswear, home, fragrances and even mineral water. His first collection, for spring 2016, will debut at Milan Fashion Week in September. A rep for Arbesser confirmed the appointment. The news was first reported by Style.com.
The brand, which isn't widely available in the U.S., shows as part of the Milan Fashion Week calendar and enjoyed a bit of a refresh under former creative director Alex Martial, who recently decamped to Carven.
Arbesser, whose three-year-old namesake collection has a youthful vibe, marrying wearable shapes with innovative fabrics, seems well-poised to pick up where Martial left off. He is one of few emerging designers to make a name for himself in Milan, where it's particularly difficult for independent labels to compete with the established heavyweights. Born and raised in Vienna, Arbesser studied at Central Saint Martins and worked for seven years at Giorgio Armani. He won Vogue Italia's "Who Is on Next" competition in 2013 and was shortlisted for this year's LVMH Prize. Still, back in September, he told Fashionista that he only had "one and a half" employees and that money was his biggest problem.
This new gig should help with that, as Arbesser plans to continue showing his namesake line at Milan Fashion Week.