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35 posts tagged "Salvatore Ferragamo"

Brits Take Heels To New Heights, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Can you guess who wears the highest heels in Europe? According to a recent study, its the British women who take the cake, with an average heel height of 3.3 inches. Victoria Beckham (pictured) and Cheryl Cole come to mind, leading the pack against French women who come in at 2.4 inches and German women at 2.7. [Vogue U.K.]

Salvatore Ferragamo is following in the footsteps of the likes of Hermès, Armani, and Stella McCartney as the next designer label to outfit athletes for the 2012 Olympics. The Italian brand is designing uniforms for the Republic of San Marino, an independent microstate of Italy. The capsule collection fuses functionality and high-fashion and will be worn at leisure events and galas. [WWD]

Natalia Vodianova truly is beautiful inside and out. Just three days after devastating floods hit the Russian town of Krymsk earlier this month, the model flew to her native country to help out. She assisted with the hauling of bottled water and nappies in an attempt to aid the thousands of people who were left homeless after the natural disaster. [Telegraph]

The Galeries Lafayette is getting ready to host the third edition of its “World’s Biggest Fashion Show.” The department store plans to bring fashion to the streets with a mega catwalk event featuring 400 models on September 18 in Paris. The fashion fête will than move on to other cities in France September 22. [WWD]

Photo: ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images

Running Shoes Get The High Fashion Treatment

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In the 1988 film Working Girl, Melanie Griffith’s character famously wore sneakers for her daily commute, swapping them out for heels at the last possible minute outside the office. These days, both designers and street-style notables are leaving their dressy footwear at home and making fashion statements with athletic shoes. And no, we’re not talking about those ubiquitous Isabel Marant wedges. We’re referring to a specific subgenre of sneaker, i.e. competitive trainers made for running sprints (whether they be around the track or on the city sidewalks).

The trend really kicked into gear last month, when Tommy Ton snapped dapper guys wearing Nike and New Balance in Milan and Paris. Similar styles showed up on the runways at the Salvatore Ferragamo, Raf Simons, and Valentino menswear shows. Girls are embracing the look, too. At the opening of Yayoi Kusama’s Whitney retrospective, the artist Kara Walker dressed down her Zero + Maria Cornejo dress with sporty sneaks, while Vika Gazinskaya was among those who wore them during Couture.

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Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com

In Florence, The Stars Align

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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.”

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli

Resort ’13: It’s A Jungle Out There

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Yves Saint Laurent first introduced his safari jacket in 1968, and since then, it’s become a classic that designers continue to reference season after season. For Resort, Altuzarra, Emilio Pucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo have all given the rugged staple an urban update. Others, including Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff, showed sportier versions cut from denim and ripstop fabric. Based on the utility jackets we’ve seen on street-style stars like Candice Lake and Ece Sukan, we’re betting on the safari topper as this summer’s layering answer to last year’s ubiquitous jean jacket.

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Photo: Courtesy of Altuzarra

Hong Kong, They Love You

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This weekend, 28-year-old Pablo Ganguli, the flamboyant curator of culture and creative characters, took his Liberatum festival for the arts to Hong Kong, co-curated with pianist Rosey Chan. Despite the endless black rain, the nonprofit three-day event, which featured lively talks with Pharrell Williams, world-renowned producer William Orbit, and Paul Schrader as well as installations by filmmaker Mike Figgis and a performance piece by Terence Koh, attracted editors and culture enthusiasts from around the globe. On Saturday night, the festival’s participants and spectators joined Ferragamo at Hong Kong’s Kee Club for dinner, dancing, and a surprise performance by one of the weekend’s most glamorous headliners, Spanish actress and Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma. “As long as I can remember, Rossy has influenced me with her dynamic character,” Ganguli said.

The talk quickly turned to the festival’s temporary home. “When people talk about China these days, they usually talk about money,” said Vogue China’s editor in chief, Angelica Cheung, who turned up in a smart black Lanvin look. “The art scene in China, as everybody knows, is very active. But everything here is often commercial, commercial, commercial! More people should be doing things like this,” she added, noting that she particularly enjoyed Stephen Webster’s lecture, which took place at the festival earlier that day. (Webster, as it turned out, was in Hong Kong for reasons commercial as well as artistic: In addition to the fair, he was in town for a show of his jewels at Lane Crawford. “I brought all my best stuff because I really want to test it out here,” he said.)

De Palma made her grand entrance in a sequined Custo look, fluttering a black fan. “It was always my fantasy to come to Hong Kong. I am obsessed with China!” she said. It was her first time in the city, but her burlesque performance included an improvised homage: “Hong Kong, my darling, I love you!”

Photo: Courtesy of Liberatum