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The fact that Margherita Maccapani Missoni was born with an innate sense of style isn't really surprising considering her roots. Margherita is the eldest child of Angela, the current creative director and driving force of the Missoni family design business, and Margherita's grandparents are Rosita and Ottavio Missoni, the founders of the world renowned brand. (Missoni is truly a family affair, Margherita's uncle Luca is head of Missoni Menswear and her uncle Vittorio is the company's Marketing Director). As Margherita tells it, Ottavio--or Tai--was the creative mind behind the famous Missoni knits, but it was Rosita who had the eye for shape and the head for business. Even today the 79-year-old matriarch continues to run the Missoni home and hotel divisions.
Giorgio Armani, the renowned Italian designer, once said of style: "The essence of style is a simple way of saying something complex."
The House of Antico Setificio Fiorentino
Antico Setificio Fiorentino, nestled in the historic gardens of the San Frediano area of Florence, Italy, is home to centuries old looms and antique silks. Visiting the inner dominions of Antico Setificio is like stepping back in time to the era of the Renaissance when finery was perhaps at its best. A magical aura pervades the showroom. It is not hard for visitors to imagine the Renaissance Kings and Queens and noble families of the era, garbed in the sort of finery displayed in this place.
From the 1950's to Today, Italy's Influence is Prominent
In the 1950 and 1960 decades, Americans were greatly influenced by Italian automobiles, film producers and fashion designers. Italian trendsetters dictated what Americans drove, what they wore and how they looked. The American public was buying items that originated in Italy. The First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, loved fashions by designer Oleg Cassini. People were greatly influenced by the hats, suits and jackets worn by Jackie.
An Italian tribute to fashion, design and creativity
It's a book.
No, it's a paper object, where pages are not exactly pages, and where bidimensionality encounters tridimensionality.
It's about fashion dolls. It's an ad in favor of the ubiquitous, vinylic, American, curvaceous fashion doll everybody knows. No, it's a display of selected vintage fashion dolls from private collections in Italy.
Above : Sexy Italian legs
Elena Santarelli: Max Calendar ! Amazing video!
Italy's Sexiest Women
See also Dan's 50 best list 50 Sexier Italian women list
Luisa Casati, Fashion Pioneer
The Marchesa Casati
Marchesa Casati was painted by Boldini and John Singer Sargent, wore clothes designed by Fortuny and Poiret, held wild and extravagant parties and kept tigers as pets. A fascinating, eccentric woman, she had an excessive and extravagant lifestyle. She helped many great artists in her lifetime and eventually became a renowned patroness of the arts as well as a fashion legend.
The daughter of a wealthy 'cottonieri' or cotton merchant, Luisa Casati was born in 1881. Her parents died young and she and her sister, Francesca, were raised by their uncle, Edouardo Amman. They were the wealthiest heiresses in Italy in the early 20th century.
If there was one consistent thread running throughout the Fall shows, it was respect for women. Women were made to look mysterious, alluring, beautiful. There was a conjoined effort for women to look good, feel good about themselves, show some pride and class, uniformly from every collection.
This year's collections are going to be the benchmark, and reflect the pride of the American History of fashion for a long time to come.
Italy's Passion for Denim
Blue jeans have been an important article of clothing for several decades. They have risen from being clothes for workers to adorning the most beautiful of fashion models. They have gone from being a symbol of physical labor to one of pop culture and designer fashion. Many useful items have also been created through the recycling of worn out denim jeans. With such a profound history, what can the future hold for American blue jeans?
A Recipe for Italian Dressing
In a country where police uniforms are designed by Armani, it isn't surprising that the women take dressing very seriously. When I moved to Italy, I desperately wanted to look like I fit in. If you're planning a trip to Italy soon, and don't want to be pegged as a tourist, there is one important thing to remember. The objective of Italian dressing is not to blend in.
Italian women take great pride in putting themselves together - "la bella figura". To show off your best features is the idea, so to blend in you must strive to stand out, which might sound like an oxymoron. Once you get your mind around this however, you already know the secret. But where do you begin to acquire that special Italian flavor? In a nutshell, here are a few key ingredients: