Earlier this month, British Trinidadian designer Maximilian Davis dropped out of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers, where he was a semifinalist. Turns out it’s because he’s Ferragamo’s newly appointed creative director. Davis, 26, succeeds Paul Andrew, who left the Italian house last year.
Davis graduated from the London College of Fashion and has already worked with a handful of designers including Grace Wales Bonner and Asai. He is a member of Fashion East, a fashion collective based out of East London that cultivates and supports young designers. He recently showed his collection in London, which included a sheer hooded gown, a corset dress with attached sleeves, and sharp tailored suits.
In an Instagram post, he said he’s “looking forward to articulating my vision elevated by the codes of Italian craftsmanship, quality and innovation.” We look forward to the new energy Davis will bring to Ferragamo, mixing his Trinidadian heritage and tailored aesthetic with the DNA of Ferragamo. His own brand will be on hold. (Davis’s new role is effective this week.)