August 29 2014

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13 posts tagged "Stefano Tonchi"

The News From Florence


Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone held a lunch today at Adour, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the St. Regis, to promote his organization’s January trade fair in Florence. One of the schedule’s highlights will be Giles Deacon’s Pitti W pre-fall presentation to be held at Richard Ginori 1735, a Florentine porcelain manufacturer. On the menswear front: Lars Nilsson has been invited to preview his new Mr. Nils men’s collection, and up-and-comer Umit Benan, the winner of the first edition of “Who Is on Next? Uomo,” will showcase his full Fall line. In other news, Stefano Tonchi of The New York Times and Maria Luisa Frisa will celebrate the release of their new book All Power to the Imagination: Walter Albini and His Times during the fair. At 300-plus pages with over 1,000 images, it’s a tribute to one of Italy’s most influential (but often overlooked) designers. And speaking of Italian legends, La Spezia, which makes uniforms for the Italian navy, will debut a collection made from military fabrics dating back to the fifties and sixties. If those aren’t reasons enough to book your trip now, Napoleone reports that getting to Florence is easier than ever; the train ride from Milan is now just 1 hour and 40 minutes long.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Blasblog From Venice: This Town Really Is Romantic


It happened about midday yesterday: I looked away from my computer and out the window on a sun-drenched palazzo and remembered I was actually in Venice, one of the most unique and inspiring cities in all of the world. (With all the fashion talk and the familiar fashion faces in town, it was easy to forget.) Closing laptops and taking strolls seemed to be on the top of everyone’s lists: Jefferson Hack and Anouck Lepère hit up the Peggy Guggenheim Collection when it reopened after Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Amanda Harlech took it over for a fashion shoot. But the real scene was at the pool at the Cipriani Hotel on Giudecca Island, just a quick boat ride from the Piazza San Marco. There Caroline Sieber and her boyfriend, Fritz von Westenholz, took lunch by the rose garden, Francesco Vezzoli swam laps, and Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet took meetings in a swimsuit (which seemed like a great idea until the Times‘ Stefano Tonchi, fresh from a dip in the pool, started getting water everywhere). “This is like a whole other Venice,” Sieber told me. She was right: The shopping and sightseeing is good in town, but that pool was the perfect place to escape. At sunset, though, when Lagerfeld’s Resort collection hit the Lido boardwalk, no one would have wanted to be anywhere else. Click here for pictures from the after-party.



Photo: Derek Blasberg


A Day In The Life: Ambra Medda in Milan


Each year the first days of Salone del Mobile are always the most captivating. The design community trickles into Milan for the setup of their shows. I usually come as a spectator to do research, but for the first time this year I’m working on a show called Craft Punk with Fendi in their space in Via Sciesa. [The project, which launches tomorrow, features the work of 13 industrial designers and several truckloads of scrap materials from Fendi’s Florence factory.] The last three days have been really crazy—dealing with shippers and electricians and then running to openings and meetings. Intense, but fun for sure.
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