• Fashion People

    Understanding Virgil Abloh

    I will be honest, Virgil Abloh falls into that category of multifaceted designers that I did NOT understand initially. Only time and the progressive flattening of the creativity of today were able to make me grasp his vision. A self-described “multihyphenate artist”, Abloh was an architect, DJ, and designer, lent to fashion and art, and within a few years of the launch of his brand Off-White, he became a Midas King that LVMH did not let slip away. Just a couple of weeks ago I was explaining to my students about his debut as creative director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s…

  • Art

    A Wound in the heart of Florence, JR at Palazzo Strozzi

    “The subject is accessibility at the Covid time. The installation speaks to us about this challenging time when culture is denied to the public, and we want to put people in touch with art, public art.” Arturo Galansino, General director at Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence When I was a student, I’d never have photographed a building with people in the scene. Still, after years of working on Michelucci’s writings and drawings, my preference for the perfection of form faded considerably, favouring the research for the human dimension in architecture. That’s why I didn’t post on social media a photo…

  • Fashion Show

    Top 3 brands of Milan Fashion Week Fall Winter 2021

    After commenting day by day on Clubhouse the Fall Winter 2021 collections presented during the Milan Fashion Week by Camera Moda, it is time to list the top three best historical Italian brands. The 3rd place goes to Emilio Pucci. The creative team dusted off the immense archive, searching for the brand’s essence: prints and color blocking. A collection conceived as a capsule wardrobe for globe-trotters in the hope of traveling again soon. We jump from decade to decade to rediscover the splendor of Pucci with historic prints such as Cervinia, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Specchi, Clessidra, Nuages, and Nappine, in shades…

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    Supernature: Polimoda Fashion Show 2019

    There is no summer edition of Pitti Uomo without the Polimoda fashion show: a coveted moment for every student of the prestigious Florentine institute, which marks the debut in the world of fashion at the end of a four-year training course, as well as the actual transition from the status of student to a professional designer. Compared to the canonical fashion show of twenty designers selected among the graduates in Fashion Design, this year the quality of the works was so high that the jury chose to present twenty-two collections of six outfits each. And being part of this list…

  • Art

    Thanks Marina!

    2009 – It all began 9 years ago when Marina Abramović won the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Florence Biennale and presented her Manifesto for the first time at the Fortezza da Basso. She was intense in her being an artist, in her interpreting and giving meaning to every word. She was sensual; she was magnetic; she was “present”. After a rush of applause and paparazzi flashes that seemed to diminish the value of her Manifesto, it was time to leave, with the frustration of not having met her. I then continued my tour of the…

  • Guide

    Visit to the Gucci Garden with The Fashion Commentator

    Friday, May 18, 2018, The Fashion Commentator will be the special guide at Gucci Garden in Florence for “Città Nascosta”. An opportunity to discover the history, the poetics and the unmistakable style of a brand that decade after decade shaped the aesthetic taste of the society and still continues today, without distinction of class or gender, thanks to the attractiveness it arouses in the young audience on social media.

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    Gianfranco Ferré: jewels as substance and soul

    “…often the jewel is a complement to the look as an accessory, sometimes even necessary. It is a detail which creates an effect. In some cases instead the jewel is the material which invents and shapes the outfit, becoming its substance and soul“. Gianfranco Ferré There is time until February 19th, 2018 to fall in love with the creativity of the unforgettable -but never too celebrated- architect of Italian fashion, Gianfranco Ferré, thanks to the latest exhibition “Gianfranco Ferré. Under another light: Jewels and Ornaments” organized and produced by Gianfranco Ferré Foundation and Torino Musei Foundation at the Sala del…

  • Events

    Collecting Vintage clothes and accessories. Francesco Campidori talks with Alessandro Masetti

      Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Turin, Italy, continues its series of conversations on collecting, hosting a meeting dedicated to fashion. The main guest is Francesco Campidori, a collector of clothes and accessories ranging from the Fifties to the Nineties of the 20th century, with a specific attention to Italian and French productions. Alessandro Masetti will talk with him. Francesco Campidori began collecting clothes and accessories in 2001, driven by his great passion for fashion. After 16 years and over 1000 pieces collected – found in flea markets or international auctions – what he loves to define “the Archive”…

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    Goodbye Laura!

    Unfortunately Laura Biagiotti, the Queen of cashmere, died. Gracious and delicate woman, I was always struck by the composure she showed in every video interview. Known worldwide for her interpretation of knitwear and white color, I wrote about her it in my very first article for the Vogue Encyclopedia dedicated to fashion designers and the colors which made them famous.