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The Italians are noted for their national pride, but the opening night of Florence’s Pitti Immagine fairs this week—the menswear spectacle that is Pitti Uomo; the women’s complement, Pitti W; and the childrenswear fest, Pitti Bimbi—found Ferragamo celebrating an American: Marilyn Monroe. In fairness, Salvatore Ferragamo himself did pitch his tent in Hollywood, where he made shoes for the stars (including Marilyn, a size 6), and Monroe is an enduring icon. Why? “Marilyn is a quintessential actress,” opined Rose Byrne (above), who turned up to bring some celeb wattage (circa 2012) to the event. “Mystery, beauty, and tragedy—that will forever intrigue people.” So, it goes without saying, will clothes. A staggering variety of Marilyn’s were on display, including notable on-screen outfits, like the beaded black dress she wore as Sugar Kane in the immortal Some Like It Hot. Curator Stefania Ricci was at pains to pick just one favorite. Pressed to choose, she went for “photos of Marilyn when she was very young, blonde, with no makeup—photos that are [almost] an interpretation of death.” A more literal interpretation of Monroe’s death closed the exhibit: a tableau of a body in bed, as Marilyn was found. Spooky.
One star gave way to many as guests moved from the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo to Fiesole, in the hills outside Florence, for a dinner in plein air. Brunello Cucinelli threw his biannual Pitti opening celebration for a party of a hundred-plus, in a medieval castle dating back to somewhere between the tenth and thirteenth centuries (above). That’s the kind of history even Hollywood can’t cop to, though the site turned out to have had a few modern roles, too. During the second World War, it had been occupied by the Nazis, then was the site of a skirmish between them and combined U.S./Scottish forces. A bullet hole near the entrance hall serves as a permanent reminder. At his expansive booth at the Pitti Uomo fair today, Cucinelli glowed as he spoke of the beauty of the building and the beauty of Italy—one he aims to uphold in his collections. Seen his way, his trademark one-and-a-half breast jackets, down-filled gilets (with hand-picked down to avoid any sharp or rough segments), and ultra-light knits are practically a civic duty. “We believe in the state very much, so I have recalled all the great masters,” he said, via a translator, of his designs. “Italians need to raise our heads again. Our state is an incredible state, and I want to work for it.”
Always the actress, never the bridesmaid? Rose Byrne may play a preternaturally polished bridesmaid in the upcoming comedy Bridesmaids, hitting theaters this Friday, but the Aussie actress has yet to be in a real-life wedding party off the silver screen. “I actually had to ask one of my girlfriends, who coached me on the whole experience,” Byrne admitted last night at the Derek Lam for eBay block party. “I had no idea bridesmaids had to buy their own dresses,” she added. “They can be thousands of dollars!” With early comparisons to The Hangover, Bridesmaids has been drawing early buzz for its humor, something Byrne was apt to discuss. “Obviously you see the movie poster and it has its market,” the Damages actress said. “But it’s not a chick flick: It’s not about nail polish; it’s not about earrings; it’s about friendship and funny is funny. It’s not isolated to women at all.”
Even so, with spring in the air, there was a batch of beach weddings ahead. Because of her work schedule, Byrne was missing out on her friend’s nuptials in Thailand this Saturday, but did note the Derek Lam for eBay boho floral print maxi dress was perfect wedding-guest material. Among the five dresses crowd-sourced by online voters for the collaboration—there was also a sixth dress, a pink or black T-shirt dress, that was available specially for mobile orders—that floor-length number seemed to be the frontrunner. “I’ll fight Rose to the death for it,” Zoë Kravitz, Byrnes’ X-Men: First Class cast mate, joked before heading outside to wander the fête’s other attractions: food trucks offering everything Belgian waffles to dumplings.
Rachel Bilson, however, beat both girls to the punch. Wearing the seventies-inspired style with a classic black blazer, the actress was direct from an eight-hour flight from Nice, France, where the Chanel Resort 2012 show took over the Hotel du Cap. “It was really phenomenal,” Bilson said, wide-eyed, of the runway show, the after-party, and the dinner. “There was this Old Hollywood element to the looks. The colors were so beautiful.” Bilson has been seeing a lot of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld lately; the Kaiser recently directed her in a series of short films for Magnum ice cream. But after a month of traveling, she was looking forward to the comforts of home. “Tomorrow morning, I’m catching a flight to L.A.,” she said. “I’m excited to sleep in my own bed.”
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