Sarah Mower, renowned fashion critic and columnist for publications including American Vogue is internationally acclaimed for her forthright and decisive critiques. Rising star and one of those on her latest list of ‘ones-to-watch’ is none other than Paolo Carzana, a recent Westminster University Graduate in Design who was supported by Ananas Anam in using Piñatex for his final graduate collection titled ‘The Boy you Stole’.

A passionate advocate of emerging British talent, Mower’s prolific support for young British designers has been an instrumental force behind the rise of talents such as Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, JW Anderson and Jonathan Saunders among others. Paolo Carzana’s collection was described by Mower as being ‘massively accomplished and huge in stature – with ominous jacketed figures being carried on the models’ shoulders – it had a drama that sent journalists running backstage to discover who made it. Work of this magnitude reminds you of the likes of McQueen or Galliano, but there was an extra jolt.’

‘Revolutions happen slowly then all at once, in a rush, and then they become inevitable… A new generation of designers are erupting across the fashion education They are standing up to challenge the industry in university studios, at fashion shows, presentations and festivals. Behind the scenes, the only conversations I hear are about how these designers will only work ethically and sustainably. Principled, uncompromising, creative and scientifically agile, these are the designers of Gen Z.’

Ananas Anam is proud to support young emerging talent whose views align with ours in choosing new materials for a new world.

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