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ITS 2020 - The Finalists

The Finalists. Here they belong.

We're in our darkest hour. What each and every one of us was forced to face in recent months wasn't even imaginable. Today more than ever, we feel Here We Belong: awkwardly enough we came up once again with a forward-thinking concept, even more so today that our sense of belonging to places and cultures of origin, to communities, but above all to humanity, has such a profound meaning.
The ITS community demonstrates commitment, resilience and belonging. The creativity that motivates and animates it is an important key to understanding what the future holds. Physical distance hurts, but it has fired us up with a desire to erase it. We met virtually with the jury responsible for this year's finalists selection (after close examination of the 600+ portfolios from over 60 nations) with the same enthusiasm as ever, heightened by the awareness that directing, giving space and supporting the new generations of creative talents will have an even greater value in the post-pandemic period.



"All this, that for us represents continuity and security,  today acquires a new value and meaning. The collaboration and support from the territory and the partners, as well as the extraordinary resilience shown by the ITS team and by all the talents who decided to take part in the 2020 edition, acquire today a greater meaning and impact on our project and on each one of us. Every portfolio received is a like a germ of resilience, the will to regenerate, the hope for a different future to be conceived and created together."

Barbara Franchin
ITS Founder & Director


This year’s trends range from mix & match - with the creative and disruptive excess typical of a young creative generation expressing itself, where gender has no limits and boundaries, and fluidity seems to be the established non-rule – to the purest essentiality and cleanliness of lines in which a few details stand out and burst out. It is almost as if an internal sparkle was taking over an external one, and being mattered more than appearing.

Yet sustainability in all its forms – environmental, social, human, in its deeper sense – is ever-present and widespread, like a red line implied across all the trends and all the choices. It unravels along various paths – up-cycling, re-cycling, zero-waste, natural colors and dyeing, organic textiles – like a recurring element: the research and the reuse of objects and materials that young creative talents have sourced in their surroundings or have looked for, tell a story that come to the fore again through this regenerating process, with new, vibrant, unique meanings and interpretations.
The theme of sustainability, embraced for the first time by ITS in 2016, is now returning with an increasingly central role and relevance: it is now a true, inescapable necessity, as the crisis we are now facing, unmistakably finds its deepest origin in the sense of omnipotence and domination, alongside the lack of respect, of Man towards Nature. Four years on, what does Sustainability mean for the young ITS creatives? How has its perception and concrete application evolved for the young generations of fashion and design? We may observe this by comparing the 2016 report. While back then, the key references were those brands more strongly committed to social and environmental issues, but the line separating their statements and their true actions was blurred – in 2020 sustainability is an individual and collective civic deed, for each one does their part with their daily commitment. This is the era of sustainability 2.0, in which the actors are the single individuals, and one’s concrete, measurable commitment is the only thing that truly counts: a deeper awareness about the urgency of such commitment entails, as a consequence, also a stricter judgment towards those who honor it more honestly.



The ITS 2020 Finalists will be joining the ITS Family for the Finals on October 23, 2020. They represent 16 different nationalities tracing this year's map of global creativity: China, Israel, United Kingdom, Portugal, Estonia, Canada, Austria, Thailand, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, France, Greece, Ecuador, Germany, Kenya.

THE FASHION FINALISTS

11 projects from 6 countries.


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Aharon Israel Genish - Israeli


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Andrew Bell - Irish


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Cameron Williams - British


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Jimin Lee - South Korean


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Kin Yan Lam - Chinese

ITS 2020 FINALIST
Noa Baruch - Israeli


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Olivia Rubens - Canadian


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rosie Baird - British


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Sara Michal Workeneh - Israeli


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Syna Chen - Chinese


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Tara Al-Wali - British



THE ACCESSORIES & JEWELLERY FINALISTS

12 projects from 10 countries.


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Bo Zhang – Chinese


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Clara Chu - Portuguese


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Eva Verwicht - French


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Felipe Fiallo - Ecuadorean


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Jing Han - Chinese


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Jittrakarn Bunterngpiboon – Thai


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Johanna Parv – Estonian


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Maria Bika - Greek


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Ninja D. Evangelista - Austrian


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rebecca Marsden - Irish


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rei Sato & Jumi Tanabe - Japanese


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Yunfei Ma - Chinese



THE ITS FASHION@WORK BY ILLY FINALISTS

11 finalists from 7 countries will develop a radical, sustainable re-design of the illycaffè coffee aprons.


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Anyango Mpinga - Kenyan



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Cameron Williams - British



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Johanna Parv - Estonian



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Keewon Shin - South Korean



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Kin Yan Lam - Chinese



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rebar Aziz - German



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rosie Baird - British



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Shiori Mizuochi & Hiroki Okamoto - Japanese



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Tara Al-Wali - British



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Yuhan Xu - Chinese




THE ITS ARTWORK BY SWATCH ART PEACE HOTEL FINALISTS

8 finalists from 5 countries will be challenged with a purely artistic brief by Swatch.


ITS 2020 FINALIST
Aharon Israel Genish - Israeli



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Byung Yoon Lee - South Korean



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Clara Chu - Portuguese



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Liuxu Luo - Chinese



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Natsumi Osawa - Japanese



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Rei Sato & Jumi Tanabe - Japanese



THE LOTTO SPORT FINALISTS

3 finalists from 3 countries will create an outfit inspired by Lotto's heritage and the world of tennis.

ITS 2020 FINALIST
Scarlett Gapp - British



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Johanna Parv - Estonian



ITS 2020 FINALIST
Minjae Chang - South Korean








A comment on the 600+ projects from over 60 countries viewed by the jury:

"In this last year the new generation has been affected by what is happening: global warming, covid-19, natural disasters. Through their work you can see much more about their personal experiences and feelings. You can clearly understand how they want to improve the planet and at the same time hide from it."

Sara Maino
Deputy Editor in Chief Vogue Italia & Head of Vogue Talents


"The projects we viewed were creative projects but with a huge attention to social responsibility."

Stefania Ricci
Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Fondazione Ferragamo


"The projects I have seen this season are pretty much in line with what ITS has offered us over the years. The layering of references, the volumes and sometimes the drama are all well-known. In this sense I have the impression that young creativity is at a standstill. It’s difficult to detect signs of new languages. There are new ways, however, based, by and large, on a responsible mindset. I have my favorite finalists, because of poetry and technicality involved in their work, which translates into soulful simplicity. I think we need a lot of this, right now: simplicity that uplifts and inspires."

Angelo Flaccavento
Independent Fashion Critic and Curator


"I was glad to find that in most projects, in addition to solid creative content, there is a strong commitment to sustainability, both in the form of traceability, indigenous craftsmanship, longevity, etc. We see fewer and fewer self-referential projects or exercises in style, and more and more projects facing social denunciation related to the HUMAN BEING and its various facets and differences."

Valentina Maggi
Director of Design Practice at Floriane de St. Pierre


"I have appreciated very much the projects which reflected a need for intimacy and for intimate stories. I have paid attention to traditional techniques, handwork, love of materials and artisanship. The Tartan trend fascinates me for its implications (belonging to a clan, communicating by codes, passing them on to next generation…). I loved that some concepts brought a resolutely new romantic vision: delicate, quietly colorful, full of details and yet light hearted and smile-inducing."

Carlo Giordanetti
Swatch Management - Member of the Product and Design Committee - CEO, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency


"Among all the projects I’ve seen, there are so many glorious trends to get excited about and oversize clothing is definitely one of them. In the wake of the current situation we’re living in, students felt the need to move away from skin tight, to put a protective space between the body and the outside world. At the same time I’ve also found a significant improvement on the theme of sustainability, a sign that shows how much the environmental and sustainable culture is rooted among young creatives. Finally, I would like to underline how the impeccable organization of the selection days made it incredibly stimulating, allowing to benefit from the rest of the jury in a virtual way."

Carlo Bach
Art Director illycaffè


"The collections we have seen are of a very high level again, perhaps higher than last year. The current pandemic has not allowed us to get together this time and physically touch the portfolios, but we believe we have done an excellent job. It is great to see how new talents are increasingly linked to sustainability without emphasizing it. On the contrary, it is an integral part of their thinking process. They are aware that our world needs protection, first and foremost. For instance there is a strong will to ensure a garment's longevity, making wearable over time and not disposable. There is also a strong desire to be part of a group, of a family and this makes what we do even more honest. I was also very impressed by the desire some designers had to translate personal trauma into their garments, somehow a cathartic process giving voice to suffering. As always, thank you to all the young designers. You always make us dream and appreciate our work! THANKS ITS FAMILY!"

Luca Rizzi
Tutoring & Consulting Director Pitti Immagine


"It looks like people's consciousness is working on trying to save the planet, and to be more socially responsible. It is increasing year after year with more designers feeling the urge to give their contribution. The inspiration from fabric mix and match is also still strong."

Giancarlo Simiri
Business Partner TOMORROW Holdings Ltd


"I have appreciated the many contrasts of materials with very interesting effects. Combinations of different materials which at the same time are multifunctional. Among the projects combining a vintage style with a comfortable one, I found the concept for who commutes by bicycle very interesting. I noticed a great manual skill and dynamism both of thought and creation. The multifunctionality of some projects is fantastic and I also appreciated the balance in overlapping materials."

Emilia Luison
Product Developer Lotto Sport