Finalists Announced for 2022 Italian Sustainable Fashion Awards

NEW YORK – The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana held a press event on Wednesday, teasing the finalists for its upcoming Sustainable Fashion Awards.

The luncheon was held at Casa Cipriani in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport neighborhood and featured executives from the CFDA, Launchmetrics and more. Like last year, the Italian fashion chamber partnered with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative for sustainability awards, along with former partners including Eco-Age. This year, support comes from the Italian Trade Agency, among other government groups.

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This year, actress Rossy de Palma will host the awards at La Scala theater on September 25, bringing Milan Fashion Week to a close.

This year’s Sustainable Fashion Awards will award 12 prizes, including the Visionary Award, the Human Rights Award and the Emerging Designers award. The last ceremony was held digitally in 2020 because of the pandemic but this year is shaping up to be mind-blowing.

Over lunch, Desiree Bollier, President of Value Retail Management and Luxury Shopping Center The Bicester Village, announced the three finalists for The Bicester Collection Award for Emerging Designers, including: Torlowei, a global couture based in Lagos, Nigeria; sustainable Nigerian brand Nkwo; and Themoiré, a Milan-based fashion project aiming to have the lowest possible environmental impact. The winners will have the chance to have opportunities for mentorship, production and distribution.

The judging and advisory board includes the likes of Ethical Fashion Initiative founder Simone Cipriani, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Samata Pattinson of Red Carpet Green Dress, as well as non-profit organizations such as Textile Exchange and Redress. The pool of designer candidates has been reduced from more than 300 to a shortlist helped in part by data partner Quantis.

Carlo Capasa is the current president of the country’s fashion association which has an impressive board of directors, including Patrizio Bertelli of Prada (co-CEO alongside his wife Miuccia Prada), Marco Bizzarri of Gucci and Gildo Zegna by Ermenegildo Zegna.

As Capasa highlighted in his keynote address, the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards will be instrumental in measuring the state of the industry in terms of sustainability, but also inclusiveness and diversity. Since its inception, CNMI has developed comprehensive guidelines in areas such as chemical management which is used by 92% of the Italian fashion supply chain.

Capasa summed up how far the group mentality has come for the collective.

“In Italy, we are very individualistic. This idea of ​​cooperation was not so easy at first,” he said. “They discovered that with sustainability, you either do everything together or you don’t. Nobody can say “I am sustainable”, unless the whole chain is sustainable, the whole process is sustainable, the whole distribution is sustainable. It doesn’t work on its own. That’s why I say we have to cooperate. Ourselves, the CFDA ⁠—because we all represent a community. We must work together.

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