Capturing the latest Saint Laurent,Prada,Chanel (and the likes) designs in a high stylized still urban view,Francesco Carozzini presents a star fashion editorial for Vogue Italia,April 2014
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014-About the exhibition
This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
The exhibition examines Italy’s dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and ’60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy. On display are around 90 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.
Also:Sponsored by Bulgari
Bulgari is proud to sponsor this exhibition. Bulgari is an emblem of Italian creativity and craftsmanship, renowned for its distinctively Italian style. From the 1960s Bulgari was acclaimed for creative designs incorporating colored gemstones. This exhibition features legendary jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.
Prada released today three images from their much-expected Resort 2014 campaign.Shot by Steven Meisel in New York,it features models Amanda Murphy, Anna Ewers, and Cameron Russell.The whole approach seems to be a ”relaxed” approach to female power plus an ode to colors and fabrics,a kind of sensuality that goes back to 19th century portraiture.
The Isabella Blow Foundation is thrilled to announce our forthcoming exhibition in collaboration with Somerset House and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will open on 20th November 2013 and run until 2nd March 2014. One of the foundation’s primary objectives was to stage an exhibition, and to have this goal realised in such a culturally significant setting, with the support of Isabella’s family, is truly exciting. Co-curated by Alistair O’Neill and Shonagh Marshall, the exhibition will showcase Isabella’s idiosyncratic wardrobe amassed throughout her expansive styling career. The iconic collection, now owned by Daphne Guinness, is being loaned to the exhibition along with photographs, correspondence and footage contributed by those who knew her and whose lives she changed. Spanning her life and loves, the show will explore the well of cultural and historical inspirations from which her work sprung, with instillations created by celebrated set designer Shona Heath. Among the pieces exhibited will be highlights from Alexander McQueen’s precious graduate collection; famously purchased in its entirety by Blow when she discovered him at St Martin’s. In addition: assorted hats by protégé Philip Treacy, as well as pieces by designers she championed including Jeremy Scott, Julien Macdonald, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Escada, Prada, and Marni.
(The Isabella Blow Foundation)
It is not without feeling baffled that I’ve read Anne Hathaway’s public apology for not wearing the Valentino dress she had planned to wear at the Oscar Ceremony and choose a Prada piece.Of course,there is the lifelong friendship she indeed has with Valentino but was that really an issue for an ”apology” and thus a ”public” one?There is though the press release of the House affirming she was to wear Valentino,all arranged months before.Now the questions that arise are two:Why does she have to explain her choice in public and b) I always used to think that Oscars were about films and the actual drama was taking place on screen.Who took it off screen?
The whole apology Hathaway issued is at the very least funny,just as the issuing of it altogether: ”It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honour of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
Vera Wand took over in WWD by stating :” when the same situation happens to her “It’s like having your guts ripped out of you because you’ve given it your all.””It’s so painful not only to you, but your sewers, your staff, your assistants and PR people. It is devastating,” What about the money/publicity issue?No word at all?
Celebrities wearing designer dresses in big occasions such as the Oscars are walking adverts for the fashion Houses.Anne Hathaway has become a sough-after person to dress after her successful presence in ”Les Miserables” film.Rejecting a gown instead of an other costs not in guilts or sentiments but in real money and possible future collaborations.Celebrities know this path well and so Mrs Hathaway.This totally unnecessary public ”mean culpa” was a childish effort to gain of an incoming loss.Childish to us,pretty important to her and her styling team.Still,going public made the issue bigger that it should actually be and made her look,ahem, not that clever.Btw,Oscars were about film,right?Cinema anyone?Real drama?And by that i absolutely don’t mean Mrs Hathaway’s nipples.Yikes.
I thought it would have been much interesting should i manage to feature an interview with Angel Barta. She and her story seem to epitomize modern fashion circles,reality and,yes,common people’s prejudices in the people working in the industry that most times have a hint of reality.The whole interview made me think,i must admit and i bet it will also engage you in re- thinking fashion industry issues.And that’s healthy,i promise.
-I really loved your collection.How can someone obtain,lets say,a coat of yours,or they are custom made unique pieces?
Each piece of my collection is hand made, unique, one of a kind made in the highest quality, real couture. My brand will be ready soon. In the near future people can order my clothes directly from me.
-You also wrote a book,” The Secret Love Affair in Paris”.What made you write it and what is it about?
My book is about the first 2 years of my relationship with Marc Jacobs. I wrote about the fashion world, my life in Paris, my passion for clothes and beauty.
This post’s to make things clear aka to show some light behind Miuccia Prada’s uber celebrative mode regarding the ”Great Gatsby” film costumes.Whilst there’s no doubt that several excellent made evening dresses were design with the film in mind (and being exposed in New York),still all have to have the approval of the actual costume designer of the film,Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann’s wife. Its a fruitful collaboration between the couple,with Martin winning two Oscars for her work in ”Moulin Rouge’‘.It is said that it took her team no less than 14 weeks to build, paint, and decorate Gatsby’s mansion,consisting of a grand ballroom, library,bedroom, entrance hall plus the likes of the garden.Now,that’s what i call devoted to perfection.
She is the person that sought the collaboration with the House of Prada,cleverly gaining an extra promotion of the film,making the film’s aesthetics being ”in fashion” and creating expectation regarding the actual screening of it.The costumes are impeccable,the settings breathtaking meaning that another fruitful collaboration of the pair (Lurmann and Martin) has taken place.