Presented by: Peroni Nastro Azzurro

MIAMI, (July 6, 2015) – With much excitement, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, one of Italy’s leading brands and the world’s No. 1 premium Italian beer, in collaboration with Fashion Group International and FUNKSHION, is sponsoring its 4th Annual Emerging Designer Series contest. The contest will once again take place during one of the country’s most high-profile fashion events of the season, Miami Swim Week, at the stunning SLS Hotel South Beach and feature judges Rachael Russell, Danny Santiago and Annie Vazquez. Last year’s winner Carolin Autenrieth, will present her collection as the finale of Italian Style Night on July 16th.

For its fourth consecutive year in a row, the competition offers up-and-coming local talent a major platform to showcase their talent. “We are thrilled to be brining back one of Miami’s most anticipated fashion events, that truly offers the chance of a lifetime for young designers,” said Katya Bravo, Miami import brand developer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro. “Peroni, Fashion Group International, Italia Independent and FUNKSHION have once again come together to support and champion exceptional emerging talent, craftsmanship, creativity and style – all qualities that exemplify Italian taste.”

To apply, designers submitted one design that best illustrates their view of Italian style. A panel of industry experts from Fashion Group International, including fashion aficionados Rachael Russell and Annie Vazquez, chose the 10 finalists, each of whom will have the opportunity to showcase three looks in a group fashion show during the upcoming Swim Week in July at the SLS South Beach Hotel.  The 2015 finalists include: Andreinna Bercerra, Giulietta Camarda, Luis Aponte, Mimmy Begazobedoya, Jackie Michel, Virginia Flores, Vanelys Garcia, Diane Brache-Smith, Ivan Sacher and Virgini Fallon Romier.

One of those lucky designers will be announced as the winner of Peroni’s 4th Annual Emerging Designer Series and will be awarded a trip to New York Fashion Week as well as a complete runway production showcasing their full line at Swim Week 2016 in Miami.

July 15th: 4th Annual Emerging Designer Sneak Peek SWIM Week Kickoff presented by Peroni Nastro Azzurro at STK, 6pm – 9pm (invite only)

July 16th: 4th Annual Emerging Designer Series Presented by Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Fashion Group International & FUNKSHION

Both Emerging Designer events on July 15th and 16th are presented by Peroni Nastro Azzurro and supported by Italia Independent. The Emerging Designer Awards is a global Peroni Nastro Azzurro program that operates in key style markets around the world, illustrating its commitment to nurturing and championing rising design talent as only a leading Italian style brand would. Additional supporting partners for this year’s events include Fiat | Alfa Romero of North Miami, Mulco, MIA Shoes, Superga, Kryogenifex, Onli, Miami Magazine, Red Bull of North America, LSpace Swimwear and Dash of Flash.

About Peroni Emerging Designer Series

Peroni Emerging Designer Series enters its fourth year this Miami Swim Week. In 2014, local Florida designers were asked to submit one design that best illustrates their perception of Italian style while also incorporating the “Nastro Azzurro,” Peroni’s iconic Blue Ribbon. From these submissions experts at Fashion Group International (FGI) selected nine finalists to showcase two looks at the Emerging Designer Fashion Series in July 2014 at Miami Swim Week. The winner received a trip to New York Fashion Week as well as a complete runway production showcasing their full line at the upcoming Swim Week 2015 in Miami. Learn more at FUNKSHION, www.funkshion.com.

About Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Peroni Nastro Azzurro – Italy’s No. 1 premium beer – is a crisp, refreshing lager that exudes Italian style. Created in 1963 in Italy, Peroni Nastro Azzurro launched in the United States in 2005, and today is enjoyed across six continents. The iconic Italian lager has won over tastemakers and trendsetters looking for a crisp, clean beer that complements their style. The brand’s history, taste, design and partnerships with well-known Italian chefs, designers and exclusive fashion events reinforce the beer’s stylish Italian heritage. For more information, please visit www.peroniitaly.com

About Italia Independent

Italia Independent is a creative and stylish brand for independent people which blends fashion and design, tradition and innovation. Italia Independent seeks to update Made in Italy by revisiting the classic icons, operating in the eyewear field creating lifestyle products belonging to different sectors, to export the Italian style into a global world. The aim of the brand is to draw on tradition in the full respect of the universally recognized concept of “Fatto In Italia” and to update it giving birth to a “Made In Italy 2.0”, creating products inspired by classical style but introducing the unconventional elements and new elements.

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