Giorgio Armani to head up Fashion Film Festival Milano jury

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury. The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Est…

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury.

The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Established Talent and New Talent.

“Giorgio Armani immediately accepted our invitation with great enthusiasm. He was definitely the first to create a strong link between fashion and cinema and he is also so representative of the city of Milan that we thought he would have been the perfect godfather of the festival’s new format,” Fashion Film Festival Milano founder Constanza Cavalli Etro told WWD.

Armani, 84, will be joined on the jury by photographer Cass Bird, Oskar Metsavaht, founder of Brazilian fashion brand Osklen, Somali model Waris Dirie, fashion critic Angelo Flaccavento, Ezra Petronio from Self Service magazine, and Sissy Vian from Vogue Japan, among others.

They will also help decide who will win the inaugural Best New Italian Fashion Designer or Brand prize, which will honour the most talented up-and-coming fashion house in Italy.

The companies and personalities taking part in the film festival this year include Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, model/actress Suki Waterhouse, Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, and German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

The Fashion Film Festival Milano used to take place during Milan Fashion Week, but the sixth edition has been moved to bring more attention to the event, and will be held at the Anteo Palazzo Del Cinema theatre between 6 and 10 November.

“All the screenings are free and the talks are fully open to the public. This is something crucial for us, something we fight for and which enables us to be the most prestigious fashion film festival in the world,” Etro added.

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Thakoon Panichgul unveils HommeGirls fashion magazine

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, an…

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.

The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul put his fashion company on hold in early 2017 in order to undertake a major restructure, with the label set to relaunch later in 2019, but in the meantime, he has developed and self-funded HommeGirls magazine.

“It’s a passion project,” he told Vogue.com. “Thinking about fashion, where I want to be, and what my interests are during my sabbatical, I kept on going back to cool, stylish women like (stylists) Brana Wolf and Grace Coddington. I asked myself, ‘Why do I like these women?’ And it came down to the fact that they wear simple clothes.”

Described as a publication “for girls who like boys’…boyfriends’…and the men’s department,” the first issue of HommeGirls contains portfolios from Othilia Simon, Cass Bird, Vanina Sorrenti, and Ben Grieme. There is an accompanying Instagram page containing street style inspiration, too, while former Harper’s Bazaar writer Panichgul also wants to start a HommeGirls label featuring collaborations with other brands.

“This is where I can have some fun, and be experimental,” he told the publication. “But the clothes will still be usable and wearable.”

The debut issue of HommeGirls is priced at $10 (£8) and is set to be published four times per year.

Thailand-born Panichgul studied at Parsons School of Design and unveiled his first-ever ready-to-wear line during New York Fashion Week in September 2004. His success quickly gathered momentum, as in 2006, he scooped the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and was nominated for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Womenswear Designer.

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