Archive for 2017

The Pitti Uomo 91 Diaries: Day Two

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

It was touching to hear a group of grown men emotionally talk about the late Franca Sozzani, the “Grand Dame of fashion” as Carlo Calenda, the Italian Minister of Economic Development called her during the opening ceremony of Pitti Uomo‘s 91st edition. From Calenda, to Gaetano Marzotto, President of Pitti Immagine, the power men of the Made in Italy fashion world gushed about a woman — a strong, powerful, intelligent and unafraid to be so woman.

Sozzani’s spirit of support for younger generations, her untiring resolve to make sure “that fashion would enter into the very DNA of our country [Italy],” as Calenda explained further, certainly are palpable at this edition of the menswear fair in Florence. And the gap left by her absence is undeniable. “I’ve never stopped dreaming!” Sozzani admitted in Venice, during a press conference for her son Francesco Carrozzini’s film Franca: Chaos & Creation last September. At the height of her struggle with the illness that took her away from us, from this world now a bit more unfashionable because she’s not around, she was still dreaming of helping fashionistas gain the respect they deserve.

Read the whole blog on the Huffington Post.

Top image of Ciro Paone and Dario Nardella taking a selfie courtesy of Pitti Immagine, used with permission.

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The Pitti Uomo 91 Diaries: Day One

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A man without a knowledge of his history is like a zebra without stripes.

As if channeling the wise words of the South African proverb I found written outside an Ndebele village years ago, Italians realize that fashion is about tradition — beyond the seasonal trends that may come and go. Nowhere is that more visible than at in Florence.

Florence. The city where the Made in Italy mark was born, 65 years ago, inside the iconic Sala Bianca (the White Room) of Palazzo Pitti. Where this season, Florentine menswear maestro Stefano Ricci will “reopen” the room, by showing his collection in the Sala Bianca, the first collection to be shown there since 1982 when the Pitti Palace was officially turned into a museum. A lucky mere 180 spectators will experience in full what I managed to sneak a peak of last night, on my way to the inauguration of the Foto Locchi exhibit. I heard music, I saw a crack in the door, and the rest is fashionista history, as they say. But back to Pitti Uomo and Foto Locchi for the moment.

Read the whole blog on the Huffington Post.

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Sulvam: The Japanese Iconoclast and Pitti Uomo 91

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Yes, I was impressed by meeting Sulvam‘s creative power at play Teppei Fujita in Florence, for Pitti Uomo. So much so that I took a bunch of photos of him interacting with journalist and fashion enthusiasts, and even asked his publicist to take a few photos of us together. The man is iconic, his fashions grandiose and unafraid and I love menswear that I can appropriate, right here right now.

So, if your fancy is tickled, here is a link to a mini-interview that I did with Fujita himself. A bit could be lost in translation but that’s somehow cool too when it comes to this man.

And here is a special treat, a bit of the show on video. N-joy!

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