Author: Enrica Guidato

Erica Guidato, a fashion designer, is the head of the fashion department and professor at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. You can reach her at
November 21, 2013

Retro fashion for the fall

Turn back the clock this season and embrace the styles of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Among these looks are dresses and accessories that have a retro, folksy style. Taking inspiration from Native American patterns are clothes that evoke the wild-chic look of the 70s, elongating the figure for
November 7, 2013

Back to black

Black is still the king of colors, and this season it is on display in all its fascinating aspects. Black is rock, glam and punk. It’s romantic, boho, tribal and futuristic. Think black is not ‘happy’ enough for the cold season? New and unusual combinations of
July 11, 2013

Men’s style goes east

Men, prepare to dive into a stylish Florentine summer with four trends fresh from the Pitti Uomo fair and the Milan Fashion Week.     Italian with an Asian twist   The classic Italian style—tailored, fitted and extremely refined—is absorbing new influences from the now-not-
May 23, 2013

Dress like a local

Non ci sono piu’ le mezze stagioni! This has, by now, become a standard expression among Italians to express the fact that the ‘mid-seasons’ of spring and autumn don’t seem to exist any more. Especially in Florence, freezing winters seem to turn into hot
February 14, 2013

Dress me with love

As some of you may know (or may have surmised), Sex and the City was the inspiration for the name of this column. As Valentine's Day nears, there is no better time to recall that glorious episode when Carrie celebrates her life as a single woman and states her
December 13, 2012

Shopping in the spirit

Florence sparkles with thousands of holiday lights. For some, this is a truly magical time that has the power to make us forget all our troubles and embrace the joys of life. For businesses, it can mean a make-or-break year, and so retailers are desperately looking forward to
September 27, 2012

Women in lace

Lace is back! Since last spring/summer collections, we have seen an incredible amount of lace, shown all over the female body, and the upcoming fall trends are continuing this direction.  ‘Fashion reflects society and society reflects fashion': this is what I always tell my students. For example,
February 16, 2012

Sober present or fabulous future?

January is not only the month of fashion events by Pitti Immagine, it is also the start of the winter sales. The combination of these very different occasions in this particular time in Italy has made me think a lot. Italy is experiencing the most difficult economic and social crisis
December 15, 2011

Mapping Italian Style #3

The first two articles in this three-part series, ‘Mapping Italian Style,' explored Italy's fashion cities and textile districts. Now it is time to come back home to Florence.     Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, and Roberto Capucci: these are just a few of the fashion
November 25, 2011

Mapping Italian Style #2

Is ‘Italian style' a ready-to-wear affair or high fashion? Can Rome reclaim its status as a fashion city? Does money or style rule in Milan? Does the Florentine tradition of excellence of accessories and artisanship represent not only the past but also the future of the Made