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The Appeal of True Italian?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Last Saturday, fashion editor Vanessa Friedman wrote a beautiful piece for the Financial Times on how the British feel proud of the designers who have lately come to the fore in fashion's international circuit. She points out that it's been years since so much buzz has been heard about the...

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Birth, Death and the Resurrection of a Brand: How Is That Possible?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Over the last few years, many brands have been "resurrected." It happened to Dior thanks to John Galliano, and now with Raf Simons, to Balenciaga with Nicolas Ghesquière, to Givenchy with Riccardo Tisci, to Lanvin with Alber Elbaz and to Céline, after countless unfortunate vicissitudes, with Phoebe Philo.

Many brands...

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'Forward': Obama's Slogan for His Voters

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 7:57 PM

Tomorrow, general elections are held in America, and we'll soon know who will be the next president of the United States. According to the latest surveys, Romney and Obama are almost tied.

"The country will be on your side for all the time needed for recovery," says Obama,...

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Shangri-La: The Myth Goes On

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Shangri-La is the name of a fictional place described by writer James Hilton in his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. While the place in the novel was located at the western end of the Himalaya mountains, the geographical location, which is closer in appearance to the one described by the novelist...

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America Award Dedicated to Vogue Italia

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 6:34 AM

From Paris to Rome. Two unique, wonderful cities.

I have received the America Award for helping Italian fashion become well-known in America through the pages of Vogue Italia. This award is, therefore, dedicated to the magazine and to all the people who work there. Being considered...

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In London the Big Names of Fashion Take on the Runway While the VFNO Debuts in Florence

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Philip Treacy, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry, Peter Pilotto: all the London stars, all together in the space of a few hours. All so different from one another -- not even color acts as a common thread for the shows.

Philip Treacy dedicates his show to...

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New York: Fashion and More

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 7:20 PM

Alexander Wang has definitely established his talent and is one of the designers it's worth being in New York for.

Cuts, panels joined through sheer threads adding lightness to the body and making the garments a whole with the body itself -- like wearing pillows. He experimented with...

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Paris Haute Couture: Fourth and Last Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Elie Saab's runway show, a designer adored by his clients for his embroidered evening and grand soirée gowns, featured an explosion of embroideries and lace, and then again embroideries in gold and tones ranging from black to beige, including pink, blue, powder blue and then more gold and...

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Sport Obsession

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Bright nautical colors, traditional burgundy, cornflower blue, or vibrant green and, obviously, blue and white.

Possibly thanks to the Olympic Games, or the recently ended Wimbledon and Roland Garros competitions, sports are dominating the runways in Milan. Already in Florence Valentino's menswear show was based...

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In Such a Tragic Moment It's Hard to Talk About Anything

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Today I was supposed to be in Florence to attend the press conference for VFNO, which this year will be held, besides Milan and Rome, in Florence.

But we couldn't have possibly dealt with merry events on a day like this. Words, we all know, are useless,...

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Another Myth to Debunk: Designers Are, in Fact, at the Forefront in Getting Involved in Charity Initiatives

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:41 AM

The myth that fashion designers live in their villas and yachts refusing to know what happens to the less fortunate must be absolutely debunked.

We have been doing Convivio for the last 20 years, there's the Life Ball and AmfAR, and...

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L'Uomo Vogue and Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:55 PM

The May issue of L'Uomo Vogue is entirely dedicated to Africa, a continent with great potentialities and a strong will to redeem itself.

"REBRANDING AFRICA" is the screamer on the cover.

What does it mean? It means that Africa is a continent...

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FIT Lecture

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 10:16 AM

My lecture at FIT lasted for an hour and a half, so I'm going to do a recap of the main points as it would be pointless to publish it fully.

"Creating a magazine today with great photographers, top models and designer clothes is an old way...

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If Only Wars Could Be Stopped This Way...

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 9:55 AM

In 2003, when Leymah Gbowee was awarded, alongside two other African women the Nobel Peace Prize, her name became particularly well-known because she employed a rather unusual method to bring to an end a civil war that had been going on for 13 years in Liberia. She launched...

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FIT: Lecture on Vogue Italia

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:32 AM

FIT is New York's best-known college for fashion, design, art and communication. FIT is not only a college, as it also features an exhibition space -- the museum at FIT -- that regularly hosts exhibitions on fashion or more technical topics like textiles, design or various personalities. FIT is internationally...

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The Pride of Being the Only One in Hollywood Without a Nose Job: Barbra Streisand

(10) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Many cult movies, two Academy Awards and famous all over the world, Barbra Streisand never had a nose job and she is proud of that -- and rightly so. A cute button nose profile wouldn't have enhanced her natural personality.

Gisele Bündchen was told she would not...

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The U.S. Welcomes SoFi: The Social Network for Loans

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Four Stanford alumni came up with an idea to help young university students, creating a funding system which provides online loans to finance their studies or start a small business. Loan rates are obviously low and SoFi was such an instant hit that 40 other U.S. universities -- including Harvard...

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Saving Face

(5) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 2:44 PM

The documentary directed by Daniel Junge -- the winner of the Oscar award for this year's Best Documentary Short -- brings to light a common practice in Pakistan, but also in India and Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan, widespread also in present time as a form of punishment when women disobey...

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My Harvard Speech

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 12:02 PM

The health concern associated with anorexia and eating disorders, generally speaking, does not seem to wane. Indeed, results of specialized studies show, in the best case scenario, an unchanged outlook with the higher incidence occurring in the teenage female population (although the number of male patients is also on the...

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Kampala, Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 3:15 PM

I fully agree with you on the fact that some issues move people away from each other, as nothing like remaining in the dark about problems helps staying happy. Still, I want to talk to you about Africa, but in a positive way and tell you we are going to...

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