Former Central St Martins graduate and Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer Raffaele Ascione is showcasing his S/S13 line of contemporary line of urban-chic wear at our Paris Showcase. His first catwalk show premiered to critical acclaim at VFS's Freemason's Hall during London Fashion Week where his embellished pastel cut-out dresses and separates caught the attention of the media. VFS chatted to Raffaele during our day two of our showcase about his Vauxhall Fashion Scout and Paris Fashion Week experience so far..

What has the initial response been to your S/S13 collection?
It has been really good so far! The reviews have been great and I have had some nice features online. Day one in the Paris Showroom has been good, it has a nice buzz!

Is there a favourite piece/look from the collection that you feel encapsulates your aesthetic?
Yes the closing look of my runway show - a black A-line skirt with black embellished top.

What is the importance of showcasing your collection in Paris?
It is really important to show in Paris. The selling season is crucial to show buyers the new pieces and develop new relationships.

As a platform, what support that VFS has provided you with this season that you are most grateful for?
For all the support VFS have given me and for the team and selection panel believing in me. It has been amazing to work with such a supportive platform and I am super grateful!

What will you be doing in Paris outside of the VFS showroom- making the most of the surrounding city, or taking much deserved respite from the pace of recent weeks?
I will be catching up with friends who I have worked with in the past. I hope to see other showrooms and get to know the other VFS designers while in Paris.

Raffaele's full collection will be available to view in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Paris Showroom until 2nd October 2012. 

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