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Mini-me fashion and a cascade of flowers at Pitti Bimbo 85

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Nothing is more appealing for parents than sharing love for the same items with their little ones.  The “mini me” concept that signals a crossover between grown-up fashion and childrenswear is becoming ever more apparent.  The time when kids were dressed like dolls in lace, bonnets and bows has evolved into an era where adults and the younger set wear matching outfits.  It is a phenomenon that is gaining attention online and is comprehensively explored by Pitti Immagine Bimbo (June 22-24), one of the most important fashion events for kids and teens.

For the full article about Pitti Bimbo 85, that I wrote for the Italian daily newspaper’s site,, clic here.

Niente rende una mamma o un papà fashionista orgogliosi, come condividere con la propria prole la passione per la moda. Poiché adulti e bambini possono ormai indossare gli stessi capi (in taglie diverse, naturalmente), ecco il fenomeno dei “mini-me” dilagare a macchia d’olio soprattutto sui social, dove vip e meno vip amano farsi immortalare in veri e propri outfit di famiglia. Come sempre Pitti Immagine Bimbo, la fiera internazionale dedicata alla moda dei giovanissimi in scena a Firenze dal 22 al 24 giugno, non ha perso l’occasione di esplorare il trend.

Per l’articolo completo su Pitti Bimbo 85, che ho scritto per, cliccate qui.


Fashion is Blooming in Florence at Pitti Uomo 92

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Pitti Immagine Uomo 92

June 13-16: Pitti Imagine Uomo 92.  Fortezza da Basso and other venues.

If “Men are like bulls, they cannot resist the red sole”, according to Christian Louboutin, then prepare yourself for even more temptation from the Parisian shoe designer’s arrival at Pitti Immagine, the semi-annual fashion trade fair held in Florence in the month of June. Famous for his red-soled stilettos, he has just debuted a new collection of men’s sneakers inspired by 90’s basketball and will be the host of a special tournament in the historical center of the city, with eight competing teams from all around the world and a series of masterclasses. (June 13 in Piazza Santa Maria Novella from 9 am to 6 pm).


Not just sport, but even flowers are the focus of this season. The theme is BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS for Pitti Uomo 92 (June 13-16), Pitti Bimbo 85 (June 22-24) and Pitti Filati 81 (June 28-30), the three traditional shows where designers, buyers, models and visitors meet to explore the latest itineraries of fashion and give life to the tendencies of the future. This season blooming flowers are celebrated as a metaphor for new creative ideas that sprout easily in fertile ground. In this witty interpretation they become symbols of joy and color, even stylized as computer icons. Inflatable plastic flowers, gigantic sculptures, flying bouquets will invade the city and the Fortezza da Basso, the primary seat of the events, and other selected locations in the city in a special project curated by the lifestyler Sergio Colantuoni.  From 13 – 19 June, the department store La Rinascente in Milan will occupy for the first time a corner of Pitti Uomo with a special pop up store and a showcase of a capsule collection of accessories and basic items.

The 92nd edition of Pitti Uomo, the international trade platform for men’s fashion and lifestyle, will display an impressive 1220 collections and brands for Spring/Summer 2018, in a packed program with shows, pop up stores and digital activities.

This edition marks the return to Pitti Uomo of the British legend, Sir Paul Smith, who will present his Spring/Summer 2018 PS by Paul Smith collection, strongly influenced by sportswear and his love of cycling (Padiglione delle Ghiaia, June 14, 4pm).

Swiss luxury brand Bally will debut at Pitti Uomo, launching its S/S 2018 retro sneakers collection, that includes four replications of its most successful models, from hip-hop era classics to smashing tennis shoes and sporty runners, in a special installation located in the fair’s Main Forecourt (June 14, 6.30pm-9 pm).

Australia is the GUEST NATION. The Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and The Woolmark Company will highlight eight young Australian designers and share their collections in the special Spazio Carra area in the Main Pavilion (June 14, 11 am).

Outside the Fortezza,  JW Anderson, SPECIAL GUEST of Pitti 92, will present the Italian debut of his clothing line influenced by the contemporary art and the youth culture at the spectacular Villa La Pietra on the Florentine hills (June 14, 7 pm).  The Northern Irish designer is the Creative Director of Loewe (the Madrid-based LVMH luxury brand) and recipient of a series of prestigious awards, including an historic double award for “Menswear” and “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2015.

The Florentine designer Federico Curradi,  presenting its S/S 2018 menswear collection, will pay a tribute to the importance of his native city in a show that includes references to local craftsmanship and calcio storico (historical football) at the Museo Bardini (June 14, 9am).   The former railway station of Florence, the Stazione Leopolda, will be the stage for the fashion show of the Japanese designer Yoshio Kubo (June 15 at 12 am).

Among the more anticipated events of Pitti 92 is the ninth edition of “Who Is On Next? Uomo”, the competition dedicated to the search of new Italian talents in men’s fashion. The winner of this year will be announced on 13th June during the Pitti Immagine Uomo 92 opening ceremony in Palazzo Vecchio.

Women’s clothing will be also on display by Hugo Boss’ brand HUGO, that will present a special fashion show combining menswear and womenswear releases on Tuesday June 13th, 9 pm, at the Manifattura Tabacchi, a former tobacco factory.

In addition to Louboutin’s tournament, various events will be open to the public. Starting on the evening of June 12th when you’d better look to the sky where the Sonics, a renowned Italian team of gymnasts, acrobats and artisans, will exhibit in an acrobatic show titled “Meraviglia Water and Flames” at Piazza Pitti at 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana.

In Piazza della Signoria at the end of the Official Inauguration Ceremony, the morning of June 13, it may be possible to see an airdrop (demo jump) with flags, made by Military Paratroopers of the Italian Army.

During the same day at 6pm “Il Museo Effimero della Moda” (The Ephemeral Museum of Fashion), produced by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in conjunction with the Gallerie degli Uffizi and the Parisian Museum of Fashion, Palais Galliera, will be inaugurated in the spaces of Galleria del Costume at Palazzo Pitti. The exhibition, open to the public until 22nd October 2017 is curated by Olivier Saillard, director of  Palais Galliera.  Eighteen rooms will showcase nearly two hundred items of clothing and accessories, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and created by the world’s most prestigious dressmakers and fashion ateliers, including Roberto Capucci, Maison Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gianfranco Ferré and Christian Lacroix. Contemporary fashions will also be well represented with selections from the latest collections by Gucci, Fendi, Armani, Valentino, Prada, John Galliano, Lanvin and many others.


Lanerossi, the historic brand belonging to the Italian textiles tradition, celebrates 200 years of business at the Limonaia of Villa Vittoria with an exhibition-event, entitled “The Red Thread of Ideas. Lanerossi 200 years” (from the 13th to the 16th of June).  It is dedicated to the significant contribution of big names who have worked with the company since the Thirties, from painter and illustrator Adolfo Busi to photographer Ugo Mulas. The exhibition, sponsored by Filivivi and Marzotto, will also be staged at Pitti Filati.

Establishing an ideal bridge between Florence and Milan to reinforce the international image of Italy as a leader in men’s fashion, Via Montenapoleone, the luxury brand street in Milan, will host an open air photographic exhibition that celebrates masculine elegance during Pitti Uomo. “The Modern Man”, running from June 10 to 20, focuses for this first episode on the jacket. On the occasion of the Florentine trade show, a special totem will introduce to the public the exhibition.


The full program can be found at the site (Celeste Giampietro Collins)

The Emerald Isle at the Pisa Book Festival

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Back again in Tuscany with the Pisa Book Festival, a fair that promotes independent publishing houses with 160 stands from all over Italy and with more than 200 events. Now in its 14th edition, it will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Pisa from November 11-13. It brings together editors, publishers, authors, journalists, translators and readers who will discuss literary production in Italy and the rest of the world during seminars, meetings and presentations. Ireland is the guest of honor.

The city on the Arno river never stops to fascinate intellectuals and people who are interested in its everlasting charm of art and beauty.  Percy Shelley wrote: “Our roots were never struck so deeply as at Pisa.” He considered it the perfect place to settle and base the Pisan Circle, a group of British expatriates that counted among its members the same Shelley, his wife Mary, George Byron, Thomas Medwin, Leigh Hunt and Edward Trelawny.

For the full article, that I wrote in English for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.


Ritorna in Toscana il Pisa Book Festival, un salone nazionale del libro dedicato alle case editrici indipendenti italiane con 160 editori espositori e più di 200 eventi. Giunto alla 14esima edizione, è ospitato nel Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa dall’11 al 13 Novembre 2016.

Ogni anno editori, scrittori, giornalisti, traduttori e lettori si riuniscono per discutere della produzione letteraria italiana e straniera nel corso di seminari, incontri, presentazioni. L’Irlanda è il paese ospite di questa edizione.

La città sull’Arno continua ad affascinare gli intellettuali e coloro che sono interessati al fascino eterno dell’arte e della bellezza. Percy Shelley scrisse: “Le nostre radici non sono mai state così profonde come a Pisa.” Lo scrittore la considerò perfetta per farne la sua dimora e fondarvi il Circolo Pisano, formato da un gruppo di cittadini britannici in Italia, che annoverava tra i suoi membri, oltre allo stesso Shelley, la moglie Mary, George Byron, Thomas Medwin, Leigh Hunt ed Edward Trelawny.

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica, cliccate qui.

Fashion’s Past and Future in Florence

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For the lovers of the classics the 28th edition of Vintage Selection, the market-fair for vintage clothing, accessories and design objects, will open its doors from 29 June to 1 July.  Held in Florence at the beautiful Fortezza da Basso, it will be the venue for a true festival of vintage culture that offers opportunities for shopping and entertainment for the admirers of garments and accessories from the past.  It is also a research laboratory and an immense archive that gives designers a wealth of creative inspirations.  At the same time at the Fortezza da Basso, distant from the retro atmosphere of Vintage Selection, international buyers and designers will find inspiration for the lifestyle trends of the future at Pitti Immagine Filati.  A total of 140 brands are expected at this 79th edition, that will feature previews of world-scale excellence in yarns for the 2017/2018 fall-winter season.

For the full article, that I wrote in English for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

For the first press release clic here.

Per chi non sa resistere al fascino dei classici la 28esima edizione di Vintage Selection, mostra-mercato per la moda e l’oggettistica vintage, va in scena dal 29 giugno al 1 luglio a Firenze. Vero e proprio festival della cultura vintage, per la prima volta organizzato nella suggestiva Fortezza da Basso, offre ai visitatori, collezionisti e appassionati, l’opportunità di fare shopping e di divertirsi accompagnati dalla musica di Radio Toscana. Negli stessi giorni alla Fortezza da Basso, un po’ distante dalle atmosfere rétro del Vintage Selection, arriva Pitti Immagine Filati, salone internazionale di riferimento del settore dei filati per maglieria e osservatorio per le tendenze del futuro. A questa 79esima edizione sono attesi 140 brand, che presenteranno le anteprime delle migliori collezioni di filati per maglieria per l’autunno-inverno 2017-2018.

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica, cliccate qui.

Per l’articolo originale cliccate qui.

Big names of fashion in Florence

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“Fashion is not only about clothes, it’s about all kinds of change”, Karl Lagerfeld once said and it is a quote that summarizes the philosophy of Pitti Immagine, the semi-annual fashion trade fairs that promote new talents and new ideas in the world of fashion.    The iconic creative director of Chanel is expected in town, with the exhibition “Visions of Fashion”, a retrospective of his career in photography that includes never-before-seen photographs at Palazzo Pitti in Florence on 14 June.  Designers, models and buyers from all over the world will gather in the captivating city of Florence during Pitti Uomo 90 (14-17 June), Pitti Bimbo 83 (23-25 June) and Pitti Filati 79 (29 June-1 July).

For the full article, that I wrote in English for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

“La moda non riguarda solo gli abiti, ma è prima di tutto l’arte del cambiamento.” Karl Lagerfeld involontariamente sintetizza con queste parole lo spirito della fiera che si tiene due volte l’anno a Firenze e che è ormai un punto di riferimento per i giovani talenti e per le nuove tendenze nel mondo della moda.  Il direttore creativo della maison Chanel è l’ospite più atteso al Pitti Immagine per l’inaugurazione il 14 giugno a Palazzo Pitti della mostra fotografica “Visions of Fashion”. Stilisti, modelli, compratori e appassionati da tutto il mondo si riuniranno nella città toscana in occasione di Pitti Uomo (dal 14 al 17 giugno), Pitti Bimbo (23-25 giugno) e Pitti Filati (29 giugno-1 luglio).

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica, cliccate qui.


Festival of Writers in Florence

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One of the pleasures that has the power to unite men regardless of social distinctions, culture or lifestyle is the appreciation of fine literature.  Once again the cosmopolitan city of Florence will host the Festival degli Scrittori, now in its tenth edition.  This three day literary festival, running from 6 – 8 June 2016, will bring famous exponents of contemporary literature closer to the public, via readings, roundtables and theatrical recitals in prestigious locations throughout the city, such as Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi and Basilica Santa Croce.

For the full article, that I wrote in English with Poppy Jackson and Gréta Szabò for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

Uno dei piaceri che accomuna tutti gli uomini senza distinzione di provenienza, pensiero e stile di vita è il saper godere della buona letteratura. Ancora una volta una città cosmopolita come Firenze ospiterà il Festival degli Scrittori, giunto alla decima edizione. Dal 6 all’8 giugno 2016 alcuni dei più conosciuti scrittori a livello internazionale, provenienti da differenti continenti, incontreranno appassionati e lettori nei luoghi più prestigiosi della città, come Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi e la Basilica di Santa Croce.

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica con le giornaliste Poppy Jackson and Gréta Szabò, cliccate qui.


The return of the age of taffetta and pearls

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It is the return to the age of taffetta and pearls for the 27th edition of Vintage Selection at Stazione Leopolda from Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st , 2016. Florence’s first railway station will take on the atmosphere of Sixties movies set and recall an era when Vespas, vinyl records and black and white televisions where part of the daily life. This prestigious market-fair for clothing, accessories, and design objects is a true festival of vintage culture that offers opportunities for shopping, culture and entertainment.

For the full article, that I wrote for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

La 27esima edizione di Vintage Selection, la fiera mercato per gli amanti del vintage, alla Stazione Leopolda di Firenze dal 27 al 31 gennaio 2016, ci riporta all’indimenticata stagione del taffetà e delle perle, quando Vespe, dischi in vinile e televisioni in bianco e nero erano parte dello scenario quotidiano.

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto per La Repubblica, cliccate qui.