Thursday, January 8

Gabriele Colangelo- A New Italian Superstar Fashion Designer Joins Castor Srl

A significant combination of creativity and top-level production expertise can only lead to a project with extra-ordinary expectations of success for the present and future of the Italian and international fashion environment.

Starting from the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 collection, Castor Srl, on the basis of a license agreement lasting 9 years, will take care of the production and distribution of the Women’s collection of Gabriele Colangelo, young Milanese designer who officially launched his label during Milano Moda Donna Spring/Summer 2009. He represents one of the most interesting, gifted and promising individuals of the new Made in Italy elegance.

Born in Milan on the 27th of February 1975, Gabriele Colangelo was undoubtedly “born into the profession”, as he is the heir of a family that has owned for generations a specialised fur workshop characterised by bespoke culture, and by delightful craftsmanship in processing techniques and use of materials.

After obtaining his high school diploma in classical subjects, and while he was taking a Degree in Antique Literature, Gabriele Colangelo took part in a competition organised by the Italian National Chamber of Fashion, winning a scholarship as Fashion Stylist.

In the course of a few years he gathered a lot of experience. For four years he collaborated with Itierre Spa, designing the Versace Jeans Donna line. After this first job, he worked with Versace, with Roberto Cavalli for the Just Cavalli Donna project and with the Mariella Burani Fashion Group, for whom he was Artistic Director for the Amuleti J line.

In February of 2008, during Milano Moda Donna, his label Gabriele Colangelo debuted. The young designer introduced a capsule-collection, in which his genetic propensity for craftsmanship in fur was combined with embroidery. Finally, in July, he won “Who is on next?” for prêt-à-porter, a competition invented and managed by AltaRoma together with Vogue Italia, aimed at seeking new creative talents in fashion and accessories. He will take part in Milano Moda Donna Spring/Summer 2009. The seasonal trend is looking chic. -Gabrielle Teare

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