Italian swim and beachwear brand Raffaela D’Angelo will be honoured with the Designer of the Year award, presented in partnership with Paris Capitale de la Creation, at the upcoming Mode City this July. The eponymous swimwear brand is the result of its founder’s expertise acquired during over 20 years experience in prestigious Italian, French and Israeli fashion houses, and was founded in 2004 with all manufacturing taking place in Italy. Since 2009, production and distribution have been managed by the Valery Group and the brand is now sold in over 350 points of sale around the world including Russia, Benelux, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, and the United States.
Today, Raffaela D’Angelo and her team create the collections in a Milan design studio and continue to mix innovation and tradition in her designs, showcased during Milan Fashion Week every year. Inspiration for summer 2018 comes from Sicilian architecture with its rich ornamentation and multi-coloured decorations – prints recall marquetry and mosaics from the distant past and the designer skilfully uses details and accessories by adding jewellery and charms.