Showing posts with label Italian Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian Fashion. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Interview with On Air Expert & Entrepreneur Dawn Del Russo

NEW! Margaret Fontana Media presents: Interview with Dawn Del Russo; On Air Expert and Entrepreneur

Dawn Del Russo is an author and on-air TV style expert seen on Access Hollywood Live, Meredith Vieira, Extra TV, E News!, Glamour Mag Show Dress To Kill and in print Vogue Italia, InStyle, Cosmo, Real Simple, Life & Style and US Weekly. She is NY’s 95.5 PLJ resident “What to Wear Weather” girl in the mornings.
Dawn is a social media sweetheart and can be found chatting about fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle her Youtube channel,Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Italian Fashion---Dressing like an Italian-American Girl (or Guy)

When I was 16, I spent the summer trying to dress like an “Italian girl.” It was August and I was in my dad’s small southern Italian town and this look, in my mind, and at the time, consisted of slightly flared, hip-hugging black pants, a baby-t, and a clear, plastic handbag. (Unfortunately, I’m not lying about this last part, either– I actually looked back at pictures for proof.)

To achieve this much-coveted aesthetic, I’d regularly raid my cousin Rossella’s closet and my friends and I would spend afternoons shopping at GAS, Phard and a host of other stores. Before this, Italian fashion was about what I saw on television: Gucci, Prada, Versace. But, I soon realized there was a whole other sector of Italian shopping.

Over the years, my desire to look like an “Italian girl” and my love of clothes in general, has given me the opportunity to get to know lots of great shops and brands. And thankfully, it’s gotten easier to find many of them in the U.S. Here are a few, culled from various experiences and some quick emails to friends in Italy.

Sisley: I’ve always felt that Italian girls had this ability to take a simple pair of jeans, match it with a well-made top and somehow look incredibly fashion-forward. Sisley, which is owned by Benetton, is a testament to that. Many of the designs are simple pieces with thoughtful details like a ruffle on a sleeve, a strategic button on a sweater or a cut in a skirt that give the clothes both dimension and versatility. And with collections for women, men and children, as well as an accessories line, there’s definitely something for everyone.

Energie / Miss Sixty: These represent two of the trendiest brands in Italy, for men and women, respectively. Headquartered in Chieti, Italy, I remember visiting one of their outposts in Calabria extremely regularly. When it comes to Energie, the company’s now 20-year-old brand, think fitted sweaters, distressed denim, and for fall/winter at least, lots of plaid, pink and purple. Miss Sixty, arguably the most popular of the company’s holdings, is where you’ll find the season’s patterned dresses, short skirts, and lots of unique, colorful tops.

Fornarina: Although it started back in 1947, this company recently made headlines in the U.S. when Lindsay Lohan became the face of their ad campaign. Feminine and flirty, with a slight edge, the fall/winter line features lots of leggings, slouchy boots and tight skirts. “I like Fornarina, and wore it throughout my early 20’s,” says Miriam Milazzo, my cousin who’s visiting from Calabria for the holidays, “The clothes are very trendy and colorful, but they also fit extremely well, and you can find a few more ‘serious’ pieces each season.”

Geox: Currently the number one footwear company in Italy, Geox shoes have a special rubber-sole technology that allows the feet to breathe, keeping them dry and comfortable. Miriam describes this line as perfect for a working professional and it turns out that while “rubber-sole” might not sound stylish, the shoes actually are. For women, there are suede pumps and tall boots and for men there are casual sneakers and dress shoes. There is a children’s line as well, where you’ll find high top and Velcro offerings.

GAS: This brand falls into the sporty and casual category and many of the pieces, to me, have a slightly laid-back, going-shopping-on-a-Saturday feel to them. Heavy on denim, from relaxed fit to skinny, there are also short leather jackets for women and round-neck sweaters for men this season. I love the story of the brand’s logo: Owner Claudio Grotto was inspired to create it when he saw two criss-crossed rainbows while on vacation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Marisa Iallonardo is a writer and editor based in New York, whose work has appeared in First for Women, Westchester Magazine and, among other publications. She is a first-generation Italian-American who has spent many summers shopping her way through southern Italy. Find her on her blog:

Photo Credits:
SisleyFall: From the Sisley Fall/Winter 2009-10 collection. Photo: F. Morandin
SisleyMan: From the Sisley Fall/Winter 2009-10 collection: Photo: F. Morandin

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Milan Fashion Week 2009

Its that time of year again, when top designers showcase their Fall fashion lines in one of the top Italian fashion capitals in the world, Milan. Designers such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbanna, Armani were showing off new trends with artistic loud flare.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

La Perla--Luxury Fashion Lingerie Gets Ready For Valentine's Day--Italian Style.

Luxury Italian brand, La Perla, is announcing its Valentine's Day campaign featuring gorgeous models in La Perla lingerie photographed by fame photographer Bjorn Iooss. The backdrop for this sensuous layout will be at the famous, high end-- Robert De Niro, Greenwich Hotel in New York City. Leave it to the Italians to give you an idea of sensuality and luxury all in one.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Italian Fashion Gives A Shout Out To President Obama.

President Obama is really getting some incredible attention here at home and around the world. The Italian fashion industry especially is on an Obama high with models flashing their Obama mama t-shirts and male model runway stars geared up resembling guessed it President Obama.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Maria Pinto-- Italian American Designer, Whose Design Might Be Worn By Michelle Obama For the Inaugural Ball.

What a great month its been for Italian Americans and the new White House. Not only has the President elect chosen many prominent Italian Americans for his cabinet positions, but now Michelle Obama is getting in on the Italian American appointments as well. It appears Michelle Obama has chosen a dress design from Italian American designer, Maria Pinto for her inaugural gown. Maria Pinto has been named for several other outfits that the soon to be first lady has been seen in. Stay tuned as we see what Michelle Obama wears for the inaugural ball. Good Luck Maria!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

President Elect Obama Wears Italian Suits-Who Knew He Was Such a Fashionista?

Its with great pleasure to report that President elect Obama is well on his way to becoming a fashionista by his taste in suits. Its been reported that the President's taste is usually simple but yet classy. He tends to go for a sophisticated look which translates to of course, Italian. He's sported suits from top Italian designer such as Ermenegildo Zegna. I will say President elect Obama definitely portrays a certain stylish and modern look. You go prez. Not only did he win over the world, but he's also won over other Italian designers like Donatella Versace, who recently dedicated her latest fashion line to the President. So cool.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gianni Versace's Miami Mansion Now Open To The Public.

I will say open to the public with a substantial amount of money to spend. Fellow Calabrese and the late fashion icon Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 at this lavish Miami mansion by a serial killer. The world mourned one of the greatest fashion designers of our time. His family helped carry the Versace name on by growing the fashion house into one of the most exclusive brands in the world. After the murder of Versace, his family sold the estate to a telecom mogul who keeps the mansion open for the public and weekend travel stays. The price tag on the estate runs from $1,200 a night to $10,000 a night. Depending on which room you sleep in. I am saddened that such an amazing person like Gianni Versace lost his life to such a horrible crime, now at least they are letting the memory of Versace live on in the home where he once lived.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Miami Becoming The New Fashion Capital For Italian Designers.

In the latest and greatest fashion news, the Consult General of Italy announced that Italian fashion designers have begun working with local South Florida officials and businesses in an effort to start collaborating on opening branches of their exclusive fashion houses in Miami. With the economy in such turmoil, this new found venture and investment has created a sense of excitement in the fashion industry. They forecast this will lead to an increase in revenue for Miami. Not only are Italians in love with Miami for travel and leisure, but now Miami will become a major player in the world of Italian fashion. Like I always say, Italians love Miami. I know I do.

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