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Inside the Designer Zone

Florence is a city of the masters. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dante, Vasari: the evidence of their capolavori is apparent in the buildings, the lines of tourists. Even the street names echo with the memories of great artists. Every street-corner display says Armani, Ferragamo, Versace, and Prada, and every other

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Florence fashion frenzy

This year’s Pitti Uomo, running from January 9 to 12, promises, as always, to wow the crowds with a mix of new and exciting trends from big name brands to new designers.   Both established brands and new designers will be showcasing their collections at the biannual event,

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A common thread

I could have twirled for hours. I was wearing my favorite skirt, the one that spread out in a perfect circle from my waist when I spun around. It was powder blue cotton and I had picked it out myself. I wanted to be a dancer. That skirt was about

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Trendy Fendi

The first of the five Fendi sisters, Paola, entered the family business in 1946. She was soon joined by her other four sisters Carla, Anna, Franca, and Alda. They were following in the footsteps of their mother, Adele Casagrande who had opened a leather and fur store and workshop in&

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A penny-pinchers guide to holiday shopping

If you are terribly rich and bursting with ideas for holiday presents, skip this article. If you’re not, read on and relax. I’m going to suggest gifts that are both Italian and affordable.   Are your card-playing friends losing patience with paper-thin cards that

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Rag revolution

Complemented by the elegant domed rooms of Palazzo Strozzi, the futuristic exhibition is true to its title: ControModa is a collection of clothing from the world’s most revolutionary designers who have strived to challenge and question every accepted aspect of fashion and style. From the silhouette to the

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Blast from the past

Wallflowers beware. This spring and summer’s styles aren’t made forbashful fashionistas. Ruffles, spandex, neon colors, sheen and sequins aboundin current collections that embody the vibrant spirit of the belle donne who sport these looks. Think back to the 1980s.Remember those multi-colored tracksuits and spandex

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If the shoe fits

The Ferragamo flagship on Santa Trinita, in the heart of Florence, houses more than designer shoes and bags. It is also home to the newly renovated design museum, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. And it’s not solely a shoe museum, as many would think. It is a museum which celebrates

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Singular ‘scent’sation

The Jet Setter: Catch her if you can: skiing in Aspen, being seen at Fashion Week in Milan, sailing in Southampton. With things to do and people to see, this cosmopolitan babe is always jetting off to an exotic and fabulous destination. She’s used to the finest life

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From cavemen to the catwalk

Trying on a pair of buttery soft stiletto Gucci boots can reduce even the most sane and poised woman to a giddy mess. There are few experiences in life that can rival the sheer pleasure and excitement women feel when shopping for shoes at Fendi or Prada in Italy. Glancing

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Shopping in the men’s department

Known for their style and taste around the world, Italian men have a distinctive sense of dress and aesthetic.  Not afraid of bright colours and innovative styles, they are experts on materials and the cut of cloth. Attention to detail, a body-conscious silhouette and an enjoyment of colour

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The new dj vu

Looking back on summer’s biggest fashion ‘must-haves,’—huge sunglasses, chunky jewelry, and over-sized clothes were at the top of the list. Sunglasses weren’t fashion-ready unless they took up half your face and an extra large shirt with a belt around

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Photographer to the stars

As one of the fashion industry’s leading photographers, Aldo Fallai has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest names in the fashion world. His story begins 25 years ago, when he was at a party and happened to meet a young stylist. The stylist was

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Makeout: Italian style!

It was a beautiful day. Actually, it was a ‘become beautiful’ day. Cathy had won herself The Florentine’s makeover and I was going to be her accompanying journalist. We were both a bit nervous. If some women make beauty treatments their daily bread, then  Cathy

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Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Maybe it’s the feel of crisp white sheets on a bed. Maybe it’s an exquisite jewel or a designer wardrobe. Perhaps it’s a fast car, or a sleek yacht, or a five-star hotel. The concept of luxury can be defined in so many

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What’s in store?

Although we are still clinging firmly to our coats and scarves to beat off the freezing Florence temperatures, the shops are already filling up with tantalising hints of Spring and Summer.  For this coming season we are transported to a bygone era of femininity, losing some of the harsher

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Florentine profumiere, master of scents

It is perhaps fitting that Florence, the city that was once the home of legendary artists, powerful merchants, and skilled artisans, has given us a Master of Scents. Like all great stories, the foundation of The House of Lorenzo Villoresi started in an unusual way. Having graduated from Florence University

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Never too fat to buy a bag

Fashion is a non-verbal language that speaks loudly, especially here in Italy. So it’s important to try and translate this complex non-verbal language to make sure that when you speak fashion, it sounds as good as you think it looks. As a fashion designer and the

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Strong Women Wear Violet

Vivia Ferragamo was born into Florence’s fashion royalty, the Ferragamo family.  As the granddaughter of the legendary Salvatore Ferragamo, she has fashion in her blood.  She has recently started her own collection, “Vivia.”  The obvious question is why not work for the family

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Fashion forward Zara

In the fashion business, time is money, money is time – and both have become a problem.  Email and instant messaging, MTV broadcasting around the globe, and cell phone texting means that people around the world know the latest fashion trends before they’ve even hit the stores.&

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Foraging for fashion finds

Have you ever complimented a friend on a killer hat or a stunning scarf only for them to reply, bragging, “Cute, huh? I got it at the market on Sunday for ONLY two euros!” Have you ever noticed that the most gorgeous garment gems are either Via Tornabuoni

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