On Stage, the yearly project launched as a collaboration between Milano Unica and The Woolmark Company, has just celebrated its 5th anniversary with the special event On Stage Anniversary held at Galleria Carla Sozzani-Corso Como 10, in Milan, for the opening day of the Milanese textile show on 9 September.

Aim of the initiative has always been the establishment of a dialogue between top textile European manufacturers and worldwide emerging design talents.
The five editions of the contest and the involvement of 50 international designers has recalled the attention of personalities and insiders gathered in unique Milanese locations such as the Navigli area and the 2013 edition show-event held in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For the special anniversary eight designers presented some of their most significant outfits interpreting wool materials in the most creative way. The event presented an installation showing outfits by Uma Wang, Barbara Casasola, Huishan Zhang, Isa Arfen, Co|te, Tillmann Lauterbach, Erik Bejerkesjo and Camo.

Among them Tillmann Lauterbach, from Germany, presented items which mix streetwear, skateboard and sportswear inspiration and employ 100% wool materials creating longer bomber jackets and optical effect printed materials: “Wool is an expensive material and it has to be used for pieces that have to last long. Its characteristics are amazing because it is versatile, naturally water repellent and thermo-regulating. I created amazing outfits such as a 100% wool seersucker suit for summer and pieces made with neoprene-like material made with 100% carded wool.”

Also Stefano Ughetti, alias Camo, loves to renovate, contaminate and “camouflage” (as his name implies) what he works at. Born and raised in Biella, Italy, he started his career working in the fabric and home design sectors. He then opened his concept store “SuperStar” in his home town but later turned to create his own menswear collection. He presented a suit in dark blue 100% wool with small multicolor fluorescent bouclé slubs. “I like to interpret materials most differently from what they were born for. For this I add fluorescent effects to dark wool and employ operated wool fabrics that visually remind of cotton.”