"My view is not just to find young talents, it's to support them too." – Franca Sozzani
Buro 24/7 attends a fashion discussion with the Vogue Italia editor-in-chief in Dubai
At 4:00pm on October 31, guests gathered inside the Armani Hotel Ballroom for an enlightening conversation about the 'New Generation in Fashion', with Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and editor-at-large of Wallpaper magazine J.J. Martin.
As part of the three-day festivities taking place for the Vogue Dubai Fashion Experience (VFDE), the fashion talks are a pivotal part of the programme, as they allow us to get a unique perspective on some of the world's most pioneering fashion icons.
The conversation opened with Martin asking Sozzani about this year's VFDE focus on the "young generation" and "new blood" in the creative industry, and why Dubai was the chosen city to be the host of the beautiful initiative. Sozzani spoke about how when the chairman of Emaar Properties, His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, first approached her to collaborate she was hesitant, but the idea grew on her and she thought: "If you have creativity and someone that is big in retail like Mr. Alabbar – Dubai is the perfect place for the fashion industry and new talents."
The editor-in-chief also hit on topics such as why London Fashion Week should be shortened and Milan Fashion Week should be longer, as well as who she thinks will be the next generation of iconic designers. "Well we defenitley do not need another Giorgio Armani," Sozzani shyly giggled as she was asked who she thinks will be the next Karl Lagerfeld or Italian maestro.
The topic of Instagram also came about, with Sozzani saying: "I think Instagram started in a good way, it's an amazing tool for people to connect with each other. However, now I feel that it has gone too far, we see every single thing that someone does or owns, from their dogs to their makeup. What is this? So I think if we can go back to how it was when it first started it would be great."
The ethereal curly-haired Italian finished the talk by mentioning how nowadays there is no middle ground when it comes to the age of fashion designers – something she discussed with Suzy Menkes the night before (who sadly had to suddenly leave Dubai owing to a family issue). Sozzani explained how there are designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani who are all past their 70s, then it jumps to designers in their 40s and 50s then jumps again to designers in their 20s, "There is no consistency in fashion anymore." she said, adding that, "Now my view is not just to find young talents now, it's to support too."