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Moore, Shields, Lam: Viva Italia!


Seeing that tomorrow marks the start of Milan fashion week, it was fitting to hear all present last night at the Tod’s U.S. launch of limited-edition book Italian Touch wax eloquent about the wonders of the sole boot-shaped member of the E.U. Julianne Moore, for starters, was still in a Mediterranean state of mind, having just returned from Venice, where her film (and Tom Ford’s directorial debut!) A Single Man debuted. “I was so struck by how natural everybody is and all the beautiful families,” said Moore, who made up for the absence of the real Tuscan sun in a dazzling gold Derek Lam frock topped with a black blazer. “It’s just so unforced and lovely and simple.” While Brooke Shields, who set off her body-skimming black dress with a pair of strappy Tod’s sandals and a purple clutch, was quick to claim her Italian heritage. “What comes out of Italy is the passion. Whatever they do, it really kind of comes from the gut,” said Shields, who recently traveled to Rome to trace her family’s genealogy. “That’s my dad’s side. But I’ve got Newark on the other side. Newark and Rome!” Tod’s creative director Derek Lam kept his praise pithy for both the country and the book’s lavish collection of images that capture the elegant ease with which Italians do just about everything. Remarked Lam, “It’s all about sensuality.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan

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