3 posts tagged "Italia Independent"
Italian entrepreneur Lapo Elkann is a fixture on best-dressed lists and an avid collector of contemporary art, so it only makes sense that the jet-setting Fiat heir, and cofounder of eyewear and lifestyle brand Italia Independent, would be making the rounds (along with, seemingly, everyone who’s anyone) during Art Basel Miami Beach this week. Tonight, Elkann and his crew will host the opening of MAPS: Wall to Wall in the Wynwood District, where he will debut a new capsule collection of Italia Independent alongside photographer Kristian Schmidt’s exhibition, Whale Shark Series (think: underwater snapshots of models swimming with the mammoth fish).
The corresponding limited-edition shades feature both camouflage frames and mirrored camouflage lenses (only visible from the outside). Elkann is a longtime fan of the military-inspired pattern. “I have already used it on many of my bespoke cars and bikes—specifically, a Ferrari 458, a Chrysler Jeep, a Fiat 500, and a Vespa,” he told Style.com. “I’m proud to say I have always used camo in areas where no one has before, and Italia Independent is the first to integrate camo into the lenses.”
Italia Independent’s Full Camouflage Capsule Collection (from $237) will be available in January at www.italiaindependent.com.
At Art Basel Miami Beach, fashion collaborations are no doubt becoming a mainstay. So far, we’ve seen a slew of designers tapped for a one-off project between the retailers Alchemist and Colette, and Eddie Borgo has announced a forthcoming capsule collection for Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster.
All that’s well and good, but we hadn’t seen anything for Basel’s fashion-forward gents, until today. Del Toro—the Wynwood, Miami-based company known primarily for its velvet slippers—has partnered with Lapo Elkann’s eyewear label, Italia Independent. Together, they’ll introduce exclusive pairs of suede and velvet cobalt-and-navy sunglasses and chukkas come fair time.
“The cobalt palette resonated especially, because it evoked my childhood in Italy, watching Gli Azzurri—Italy’s national football team,” said Matthew Chevallard, Del Toro’s founder and creative director. The sunnies are your standard Wayfarer shape, and the kicks—which are lent a Made in Italy charm, thanks to heel tabs printed with the country’s flag—blend Chevallard’s color of choice with dark blue accents. Considering Del Toro x Italia Independent drops on December 2, fairgoers will have plenty of time to pick up a pair of either—or both—before they start show-hopping.
Del Toro x Italia Independent will be available from December 2 at Del Toro’s Miami Beach pop-up, located at 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, as well as at the Del Toro Boutique at 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 22, Miami. The range will also be available at Italia Independent boutiques in Italy.
Denim is no doubt having a moment. Models Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss brought the Canadian tuxedo back in full force during New York fashion week in September, when they took to the streets in denim-on-denim looks that landed them on style blogs across the Web. And at Nina Ricci’s latest Resort presentation, Peter Copping dared to pair a deconstructed blue jean miniskirt with a ladylike cropped jacket of the same material. From Stella McCartney, Balmain, Alexandre Birman, and more, here are six pieces to add a little more denim to your wardrobe (without having to resurrect your decade-old Levi’s numbers).
1. Citizens of Humanity jacket, $297, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com
2. Italia Independent x Care Label sunglasses, $234, available at www.farfetch.com
3. Alexandre Birman sandal, $395, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com
4. Balmain top, $1,750, available at www.stylebop.com
5. Stella McCartney jeans, $339, available at www.netaporter.com
6. A Détacher dress, $506, available at www.lagarconne.com
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