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Versace for H&M
Tuesday, June 28TH, 2011 by connieanna
Italian Designer Collaborating with Swedish Clothing Giant for Fall Collection   The fashion world has been abuzz after news hit that Donatella Versace will be putting her family's name to a diffusion line (billed as an "Iconic Collection") set to hit H&M stores this fall. It's not that Versace isn't in good company; high end designers from Lagerfeld to Lanvin, not to mention Jimmy Choo, have all produced such collections for the Swedish high street fashion chain. It's that most in the fashion world couldn't forget Donatella's own words when she declared in 2008 that such a line wasn't...
Italian Fashion Houses
Sunday, September 26TH, 2010 by admin
Italian Fashion Powerhouses Fashion in Italy is a national preoccupation. Even the remotest of towns are inhabited by people who care how they look. Unsurprisingly, many Italian Fashion Houses are family-run affairs, be it the unparalleled legacy of Ferragamo or the colourful traditions of Missoni. Some of the Italian Fashion Houses are more than fifty years old, like the house of Valentino which opened its doors in the 1950s. Then there are relatively modern houses like Anteprima,which opened in the 1990s. But the creed for all of these Italian design houses is a search for excellence, of...
Giuseppe Zanotti: Bejeweled Footwear Giuseppe Zanotti at Giuseppe Zanotti Autumn-Winter 2010-11 Celebrated Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti says in Elle, March 2010, "Se conosci il corpo della donna e i materiali, in una scarpa puoi mettere tutte le idee che vuoi." Translated: "If you know a woman's body and different materials, you can apply all the ideas you want in a shoe." In a career spanning twenty-five years, Zanotti has done just that, creating shoes of fantasy and splendour. This Italian designer has always been more concerned with the soul of a shoe, rather that its sole,...
Donatella Versace
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Donatella Versace : Taking the Reins of the Versace Label She's known for her platinum blonde hair, her extravagant grape-sized diamonds, and her lavish parties - but above all else, she is known as the sister of major Italian designer Gianni Versace, and the reigning head of the Versace fashion empire. Donatella Versace has moved from the background to the limelight, flawlessly carrying on her older brother's legacy. Above: The Versace Mansion She was born on May 2, 1955 in Reggio di Calabria, the youngest of four children. Her parents were a financier and a dressmaker whose careers both...
Versace Gianni
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Versace: Gianni’s Legacy and Donatella’s Chutzpah Versace is one of the best known Italian fashion brands, and for good reason. Its founder, Gianni Versace, and its torchbearer, Donatella Versace, have made the brand the epitome of rock-star glamour, decadent style, and in-your-face sexiness. Wearing Versace has become the signature style of the glitterati. With the passing away of Gianni, the brand may have lost its continuous association with theatre and art, it remains a formidable force in the world of fashion. No red carpet is deemed complete without a few contributions from the...
Sorelle Fontana: Couturiers to the Stars
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Rome's Prominent and Oldest Fashion House The history of Rome's oldest fashion house, the glamorous Sorelle Fontana, reads like a fairy tale. It is the story of three young women who made their way from a tiny town near Parma to Rome and then America, whose beautiful designs became highly sought-after by Hollywood stars, famous women and the Italian aristocracy. The three women, sisters Zoe, Micol and Giovanna came from Traversetolo, where they were taught dressmaking by their talented mother, Amabile. In 1907 they inherited their grandmother's atelier and worked hard at...
Schiaparelli Elsa
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Schiaparelli : The Shocking Italian Who Conquered Paris Elsa Schiaparelli once said of her career: "Poverty forced me to work, and Paris gave me a liking for it." She was being modest indeed, considering that she was the most innovative and influential dress designer of the 20th century. Known for her shocking designs and Surrealist influences, Schiaparelli's haute couture clothes and accessories became justly famous during the late 1920s. Born in Rome in 1890 to strict, aristocratic parents, the young girl found her upbringing restricted and conservative. Rebellious and artistic, she left...
Rocco Barocco
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Rocco Barocco: Brilliant Italian Fashion Designer Rocco Barocco, one of Italy's most beloved and successful fashion designers, offers a fine taste of Italian beauty in fashion wear, high-end accessories, and perfumes for women, men, and children. An inspirational and highly creative designer, Rocco Barocco spares nothing when designing clothing for the rich and famous. His clothing creations range from casual ready-to-wear to elite evening-wear. Rocco Barocco, christened Rocco Muscariello, was born on 26 March, 1944 in Naples, Italy. His father was from Naples and...
Pucci Emilio: Couture with a Twist
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
Emilio Pucci, The King of Casual Couture Emilio Pucci was the kingpin of textile reinvention and beautiful prints in the fifties and sixties. His designs revolutionized the world of fashion, knocking the previous trend of dull colors and heavy fabrics out of fashion and developing a fan following that was almost unheard of at the time. Today, original Pucci prints from the beginning of his career are highly collectible items. This does not mean Pucci has been relegated to history, the brand’s current designs are equally coveted items in every starlicious diva’s wardrobe. Emilio Pucci in his...
Prada
Tuesday, August 19TH, 2008 by admin
From Suitcases to Oscar Gowns, From Milan to the World Prada. The name alone signifies style and luxury, designer handbags and fabulous shoes. Born nearly a century ago, The House of Prada is recognized worldwide for its simple and elegant creations. ( Here you can find Prada products) Mario Prada started the Prada label in 1913. He designed and sold handbags, shoes, trunks, and suitcases though two boutiques in Milan, and had clients across Europe and the US. When the signature Prada suitcase, made from heavy, cumbersome walrus skin, proved to be ill suited for...

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