Without intending to boast beyond the signature brags of a style editor, the GLAMOUR.com fashion desk landed one of the hottest tickets in town thanks to our partners in cool, Diesel: enjoying a two-day gelato and vodka-fuelled (Grey Goose, naturally), trip to Trieste, Italy. Along with Made In Chelsea's Amber Atherton and an achingly cool crew of style gliterrato, we witnessed round eleven of the International Talent Support finals.
ITS is the ultimate platform for highly talented fashion and accessory designers to earn recognition and finance, and parade their talent in front of worldwide press. "This competition has catapulted my whole career into fast forward," ITS#10 winner Shaun Samson told us. He's in good company; the list of past finalists reads like a Who's Who of style genius or an of encyclopaedia fash heroes - stand up Peter Pilotto, Mark Fast, Michael Van Der Ham and Marcus Wilmont.
The judging panel was, of course, star-studded, and consisted of Diesel founder and long-standing ITS supporter Renzo Rosso, the ultra-fabulous ITS founder Barbara Franchin, world-famous artist Marina Abranovic, British blogger Susie Bubble, rebellious fashion pioneer Aitor Throup and Fashion Week favourite Mark Fast, to name but a few.
On Saturday, 14 July, the monochrome runway was at high octane intensity as the eleven selected designers presented their collection highlights and battled it out for a series of prizes.
Ichiro Suzuki won the hottest award, Fashion Collection of the Year. The jury summarised that his collection was just "fu**ing modern". Suzuki showcased a model army (who strutted more like a pack of hunters) in geometric, pixelated suits with three dimensional tailoring and wardrobe staples with in-built personality. These threads were so beautiful, we'd ask the likes of David Gandy to keep them on.
Maruis Janusauskas won the prestigious Diesel Award for his striking Sleeping Beauty collection, which was steeped in retro ice cream parlour shades and appliqu?© flowers. Aside from the peek-a-boo panels that reveal one's entire derri??re, these dresses are fit for a princess. (We challenge Kate Middleton to strut around Buckingham in one.)
A special mention must go to Vogue Talent and Avery Dennison Brand Innovation Award winner, Mark Goldenberg, who won our hearts and credit cards respectively. "Where next?" we asked the Israeli-born designer over after-party Champagne. "My dream is to work in couture," he replied. "Somewhere like Chanel would be a dream". Did you get that, Karl?