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With a following that includes the likes of Madonna, who wore his black lace concoction to last week's Vanity Fair Oscars Party, Lady Gaga, who wore his white overcoat to the Brit Awards, and Anna Dello Russo, designer Francesco Scognamiglio ought to be a household name—at least in the die-hard fashion industry. A graduate of Naples College of Design, Scognamiglio has managed to fly under the radar, despite high-profile stints at Versace and as creative director of Verri, plus nearly a decade showing at Milan fashion week. Scognamiglio's aesthetic is heavy on luxurious fabrics and, for the most part, comprises classical silhouettes with a twist. While his more daring pieces—as worn by ADR, Madge, and Gaga—are custom-made creations, his pret-a-porter collections for spring and fall are surprisingly understated in comparison. Check them out here. Scognamiglio: definitely a designer to watch.
· Francesco Scognamiglio [Official Site]