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August 29 2014

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16 posts tagged "Ferragamo"

Italian For The Evening

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Franca SozzaniLast night, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani staged an exhibit at the Italian Trade Commission celebrating—you guessed it—Italian fashion. The free-thinking editor mixed old and new, asking eight up-and-coming directors to present their fashion film spin on some of Italy’s biggest names, from Prada and Giorgio Armani to Missoni and Versace. “We chose the brands, they chose the clothes,” Sozzani said at yesterday’s exhibit-turned-party, wearing a bold print dress by emerging Italian talent Stella Jean.

“Everybody is Italian tonight!” exclaimed Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli. True enough, the party had the likes of Joy Bryant, Amanda Hearst, and Johan Lindeberg showing off their Italian side—if only for the night. DJ Mia Moretti held out her Ferragamo clutch and Fendi shoes like an badge of honor.

Guests clamored inside the space, where digital screens broadcast each of the films. Headphones allowed them to listen in. Ann Dexter-Jones pointed to Carlo Lavagna’s An Italian Adventure, which had its Dolce & Gabbana heroine swimming in the Mediterranean. “I want to be in Sicily in that one,” she said.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Ferragamo Rushes In

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Daniel Bruhl in Ferragamo

Ron Howard’s new film Rush—a flick starring Daniel Brühl (above), Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Joséphine de la Baume, and Chris Hemsworth, about two rival Formula 1 drivers in the seventies—hits theaters on September 13. And Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti reportedly dressed the movie’s leading couple, Brühl and Lara, who play racer Niki Lauda and his wife, Marlene Lauda, respectively. “I created Niki Lauda’s character’s wardrobe for the film with his most distinctive traits in mind: an extremely determined sportsman obsessed with perfection, never leaving anything to chance, whether it be a strategic move or a stylistic detail,” Giornetti said of the costumes. Sounds a bit like the house’s sporty Spring ’14 menswear collection, no?

A Ferragamo Fairy Tale

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Ferragamo's comic book and capsule collection 

Ferragamo’s The Amazing Shoemaker—an exhibition that explores shoes’ starring roles in stories throughout historyis on view at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence until March 31 of next year. But for those of us who can’t scoot over to Italy for the action, the house is bringing a taste of whimsy to New York. The museum show includes contemporary pieces inspired by such stories as Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz, classical works, short films, and new fairy tales by the likes of Hamid Ziarati, Michele Mari, and Elisa Biagini. However, one can’t really talk about narrative-stealing kicks without mentioning Hermes’ winged sandals—the mythical accessories appear in the exhibition in the form of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture Mercurio. And in honor of the ancient god’s divine taste in footwear, Ferragamo has released a pair of winged calfskin sandals, which debut exclusively above. Available from May 22 through June 2, the wares are part of a larger capsule, comprising a series of story-inspired heels and tote bags, as well as a selection of silk scarves. Designed by artist Michela Petoletti, each foulard is printed with watercolors depicting scenes from shoe-centric fables.

 

From Wednesday, the house’s Fifth Avenue flagship will also offer signed copies of Frank Espinosa’s limited-edition graphic novel based on Mr. Ferragamo’s life (above). Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Un Cuore, Un Mondo, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to children suffering from heart disease.

Photo: Courtesy of Ferragamo

Customizable Classics, Courtesy of Ferragamo

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It’s hard to find something more classic than Ferragamo’s Vara—the box-toed shoe garnished with a golden plaque and a grosgrain bow. This year, the mid-heeled wares (whose “sister” shoe, the Varina ballet flat, was introduced in 2007) turn 35. And to celebrate the anniversary, the house is launching L’Icona—an online project in collaboration with photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. The virtual endeavor features Swanson Frank-lensed portraits of twenty-one effortlessly stylish women—Alexandra Richards, Chiara Clemente, and Style.com’s own Marina Larroudé among them—wearing customized Varas or Varinas. “When I was a child, my chic grandmother used to wear Varas in black and brown,” says Larroudé, whose personalized kicks are pictured above. “I wanted a simple black patent shoe, because patent lasts forever, and I wanted to be able to wear mine every day, in the summer or winter, with or without tights.”

Icona.ferragamo.com will launch May 1, and the site will, for the first time, offer women the opportunity to customize their own pair of Varas (or Varinas—whichever you prefer). A video starring the twenty-one trendsetters (and their new shoes) will also screen on the site. Take a peek at the trailer for the Justin Wu-lensed short, which debuts exclusively below.


The Split-Second Preview: Ferragamo

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The Fall ’13 season is now well under way, and as we follow the shows to Milan and Paris, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.



WHO: Ferragamo, designed by Massimiliano Giornetti

WHERE: Milan

WHEN: Sunday, February 24

WHAT: “Strength and Precision.” —Massimiliano Giornetti. The designer sent us a Fall ’13 sketch, above.