I’M Firenze Digest is glad to share the recent news of Grace Wales Bonner being the Guest Designer of Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 102, held in Florence starting June 14th.
Pitti Immagine is one of the grandest events for the Italian fashion scene to present new collections, buy materials, network and get inspired for your own creations.
Enriched by her English and Jamaican origins, Wales Bonner’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection promises to bring something new to look forward to.
By Viktoriia Stanieva. Image cover: WALES BONNER SS22 Ghana Campaign. Photo: Malick Bodian
English-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner started her namesake menswear label Wales Bonner back in 2014. However, her brand also expanded into womenswear over time.
Clearly, her collection strongly reflects both of her upbringings: she manages to mix British-styled sport and casual garments, the funky prints and silhouettes of the 1970s and a colour palette evoking the warm and sunny image of Jamaica.
The designer’s talent was widely recognised multiple times: in 2015, she was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards. In 2016, she won the LVMH Young Designer Prize, and the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in 2019.
Her designs are sold by the most prominent retailers, including Net-A-Porter, Barneys, and Browns. Apart from her brand, Wales Bonner has collaborated for the Dior Resort 2020 collection with creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri to work on a modern version of the iconic New Look silhouette. Following her success, Wales has also curated her institutional exhibition, “A Time for New Dreams”, at Serpentine Galleries, London. Today, Grace Wales Bonner collaborates with Adidas for the Originals collection while running her label and making it recognised worldwide.
In June, she will be Guest Designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 102, presenting the Wales Bonner Spring-Summer 2023 collection. “I welcome this special opportunity to express Wales Bonner’s vision of cultural luxury at the historically important institution of Pitti Uomo,” the designer explained.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the premiere of Wales Bonner’s latest collection during Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 102, to be held on 14-17 June 2022 in Florence.