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Innovation comes from the past, and the future recognizes tradition. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s stylistic approach to the Valentino menswear collection expresses a fusion of contrasts. Due to its authenticity and sartorial spirit, Florence is the setting for this line.

Designend as a new element used in the construction of an ideal wardrobe, the Spring/Summer 2013 collection is edgy and energizing. The mental landscape is the same: archetypical menswear. Perspectives and tools for interpretation have evolved.

By smoothly blending styles and solutions, pragmatic items – from the field jacket and trench coat to the parker and denim trucker jacket – are restyled, morphing sports and Couture. Its DNA is manipulated from within. Techniques are combined to create new textures, and lightness find structure.

The silhouette is distinct: more volume al the back creates a cool Couture look. Here, more is more: a combination of several materials, textures and colors defines the garments. Opaque layering and rubberized intaglio details create camouflage patterns on the trench coat.

The skinny jacket with drop sleeve is a geometric collection of heat-bonded and intarsia elements. The back of the parka is covered with constructive details. The contrast of weight and lightness is used to an advantage: padding and fiber become functional elements or disappear inside bonded fabric. Sleek, spare design creates shapes with wonderful pure lines: plain pea coats, white shirts with the basic look of a polo shirts, and sleek, clean suits. Knitwear has a compact texture.

Crisp materials such as natté nylon, wool/silk barathea, wool/nylon blends, dry cotton, Japanese denim, leather and treated linen – balance luxury and performance. The color palette is pragmatic, but it also breaks out of the mold: masculine army green, camel, blue, black, gray and ivory are accented with splashes of rust, red, and acid green.

The search for edginess can also be found in accessories such as sleek camouflage laced shoes and running shoes made of a combination of different materials.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have a clear and concise fashion perspective: changing the structure and therefore the use of a garment is the sartorial equivalent of liquid modernity.

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Valentino Spring Summer 2013 Men Collection Pitti Immagine Uomo
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Sat, June 30 2012 » Fashion Blog


Florence, June 2012 – Fifty years after the death of Marilyn Monroe, Salvatore Ferragamo inaugurated on June 19th, a retrospective dedicated to the actress.

“Marilyn,” the new exhibition at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, was officially opened to the public in the evening with an exclusive cocktail held Palazzo Spini Ferroni, with participants as Rose Byrne, Anna Sophia Robb, Violante Placido, Valeria Solarino, Carla Fracci, the Florentine authorities socialites and international press.

At the event guests were greeted by hostesses wearing the famous white dress from the film “The Seven year Itch.” Awaiting them inside, a cocktail event by Federico Salza, who for the event created an the cupcake covered with white frosting and scarlet kiss lips inspired by the actress.

The splendid setting of Palazzo Spini Ferroni was adorned with red roses, flowers loved by Marilyn, so much that after her death, Joe DiMaggio had a bouquet delivered to her grave three times a week for 20 years.

The exhibition, which explores the timeless legend of Marilyn Monroe and her very complex and discussed personality, will be open at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum until January 2013 and contains numerous models of shoes created especially for her by Salvatore Ferragamo, the costumes of her most famous personal interpretations and clothes coming from all private collections.

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Marilyn Monroe Dresses Woman - Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Marilyn Monroe Dresses Exhibition - Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
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Fri, June 29 2012 » Fashion Blog


A meaningful and emotional fashion was presented in Florence on the 18th of June 2012.
The first to be held in the Uffizi Gallery. A tribute to elegance and to the Florentine Heritage, strongly desired by the designer Stefano Ricci.

“On behalf of my family, I would like to extend my gratitude to the Superintendence for the effective collaboration of the last few weeks, for the availability since the very first steps of this dream turning into reality” said Stefano Ricci on the eve of the premiere fashion show opening the Pitti Immage Uomo.

The presentation of the new collection was inspired by the themes of great literature, from the pages of Francis Scott Fitzgerald to the atmospheres evoked by Ernest Hemingway. In addition to Stefano Ricci‘s passions, the true sartorial elegance of the 100% Made-in-Italy production and the Great Mother Africa.

Without any doubt, the most touching moment was the presence of eight Maasai warriors who flew from Tanzania to express their gratitude to Stefano Ricci‘s family which has been involved for many years in projects to protect the Maasailand region.

For this reason, the head of the community of Olorash in the area of Monduli near Arusha (Tanzania) wanted a delegation of his people, who never flew out from their territory, to be present at the event.

This is a special tribute to Stefano Ricci, who was appointed as Chief of the Maasai community in Simanjiro in 1999. African colors and atmospheres have characterized the creations by Stefano Ricci for forty years.

The runway, under the direction of Romeo Conte, showcased the items of the new high-fashion menswear collection by Stefano Ricci: double-breasted jackets, fine cashmere-silk, soft crocodile leather jackets and vests, denim and luxurious sport-bags, silk sportswear outfits.

It is important to mention the women’s walk-out wearing black silk trousers and shirts holding a limited edition of crocodile bags with accessories in gold and diamonds, together with crocodile belts embellished by jewels, and precious cufflinks (the specifics of the walks-out are available on the photo book of the fashion show).

Noteworthy is the hand-made production and the fact that next September Stefano Ricci will inaugurate a new production centre where sewing machines will be banned.

Stefano Ricci Spring Summer Men's Collection 2013 Uffizi Gallery Runway
Stefano Ricci Spring Summer Men's Collection 2013 Uffizi Gallery Catwalk
Stefano Ricci Spring Summer Men's Collection 2013 - Uffizi Fashion Show
Stefano Ricci SS Men's Collection 2013 Uffizi Gallery - Pitti Uomo

Sat, June 23 2012 » Fashion Blog


For the Fall/Winter 2012 advertising campaign, Dsquared2 made its debut with its first short movie entitled “The Substitutes”.

The video was shot through the creative lenses of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot, starring Dean and Dan and the models Benedikt Angerer, Simon Van Meervenne, Liuk Bass, Ralf Javoiss, Daphne Groeneveld, Frida Aasen, Bette Franke; also featuring Eric and Joan Ribera as “bellhops” and Ratka Mayor as “the teacher’.

The models play the part of bored high school students IN CLASS. The attention of the unruly pupils is grasped by the unexpected arrival of two one of a kind substitutes, Dean and Dan, who start an unconventional lesson that wins over everyone except one person in particular….

The soundtrack is the 1960s pop tune “The Clapping Song” by Shirley Ellis.

Wed, June 20 2012 » Fashion Blog


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Sun, June 17 2012 » Fashion Blog


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Salvatore Ferragamo‘s 2013 Resort collection, designed by Massimiliano Giornetti, was presented the night of June 12th in the magnificent setting of the peristyle Denon at the Louvre: 37 models, including the top Karolina Kurkova, Isabeli Fontana, Bianca Balti, Karmen Pedaru and Marina Lynchuk marched on a 140 meter long walkway in the presence of 500 guests who attended from all over the world.

In search of a summer perennial. In Big Sur, LA, or on an island in the Mediterranean sun, where nature manifests itself in a scenario of rocks overlooking the sea and bushes in the breeze, with the city in the distance: a modern combination of aesthetics and cool eclectic cultural mix.

A woman who has eyes like the clear waters of St. Barth and the radiance of a morning in Eivissa. Sophisticated and independent attitude she blends luxury with a feel for the métissage that belongs to the purest DNA of Salvatore Ferragamo. Wearing a shirt over nappa leather that weaves snake in a marvel of craftsmanship, or a mini dress in pink crocodile skin, ultra flat boots in soft suede with fine embroidery with studs.

The body states itself in a maze of patchwork, threadings and fringes: precious melange of sophisticated patterns with criss cross neckline, an irresistible game of texture.
Fringed leather clothing handmade, ultrasoft leather t-shirts, blouson woven with leather and raffia inspired by the historical shoe archive , but also the art of knotting threads and hand woven straw. Craftsmanship at its purest, an element of distinction for unique and unrepeatable pieces.

The leather is in contact with the skin: a world of undefinable soft neutrals – Desert, Peach, Champagne, New Bisque – mixes a palette of warm soft tones, punctuated by isolated cold touches of Ash and Clay.
The decontractè elegance of a free spirit that superimposes a boyish jacket, worn with the nonchalance of a shirt, a linen t-shirt jersey contoured with leather over floral print archive trousers.

She lives day and night without interruption, wearing a dress in 3D handmade crochet on ultraflat suede sandals, crossed by studs that mimick small pearls. On her arm, soft hobo from unstructured volumes that arise in the wake of extraordinary carefully modeled materials.

A warm and sensorial luxury: crocodile, python and nappa leather with fringes of threadings and unique details such as the Art Deco butterfly in gold and white bone that become the closure or pendant of a precious necklace. Or the clutch built on a unique tessellated mosaic of bone and exotic leathers.

On the whole, jewelry sculptures that replicate textures of materials and processing of leather on metal. Chaînes around her neck that mix silver and napa leather, silver slave bracelets sewn with metal clamps, bright rings where the richness of gold converses in a tight combat with the raw effect of galuchat and the natural opalescence of quartz.

Creator of a sense of exclusivity that is always unique in the interweaving of in designing the interweaving of contemporary and traditional vision, the new world Resort of Salvatore Ferragamo .

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring Summer 2013 Women's Resort Collection - Louvre Event
Salvatore Ferragamo Spring Summer 2013 Women's Resort Collection - Louvre
Salvatore Ferragamo SS 2013 Women's Resort Collection - Louvre Show
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Wed, June 13 2012 » Fashion Blog

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