Feb 22, 2016
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A look at Ujoh, Giorgio Armani's new protégé fashion label

Feb 22, 2016

Giorgio Armani has announced the name of the latest up-and-coming fashion talent to receive his support this Milan Women's Fashion Week.

Ujoh fashion designer Mitsuru Nishizaki ©Ujoh. All rights reserved.

The Italian designer will host the Ujoh fashion show at his Armani/Teatro space in the city on February 27 at 10:30, providing the brand with an international platform from which to showcase its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

Founded in 2009 by Japanese designer Mitsuru Nishizaki, Ujoh focuses on pieces with a sleek design that combine rich fabrics and a minimalist sartorial approach to bold cuts. Nishizaki first caught the attention of the international fashion world in 2015, by becoming a finalist in the "Who is on Next?" show in Dubai.

"I am honored and very grateful to Giorgio Armani to have given me the opportunity to present my collection at the Armani/Theatre," said Nishizaki. "I am determined to do my best to benefit from this unique opportunity, and I enthusiastically look forward to the new challenges that the future holds for me."

Armani's initiative to support young creativity is now in its 12th season, and previous recipients of his generosity include Israeli designer Daizy Shely, Japanese brand Facetasm and Greek talent Angelos Bratis.

"I have supported young designers for the past 12 editions, but their enthusiasm, dedication and creativity always continue to surprise me," Armani said. "My desire is to maintain an international perspective: as such, for this season I chose the Japanese brand Ujoh, to which I wish a long and distinguished career."

Milan Fashion Week runs February 24-29.

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