The Pitti Uomo 91 Diaries: Day Two
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.
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Top image of Ciro Paone and Dario Nardella taking a selfie courtesy of Pitti Immagine, used with permission.