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9 entries categorized "Florence"

June 18, 2010

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear Show Finale

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear Show Finale

Here's are two quick videos I took of Raf Simons' spring/summer 2011 collection for Jil Sander. I apologize for the poor quality due to the lighting. The show was held outdoors in this breathtaking villa on the outskirts of Florence. I guess they were aiming for a sunset show but the weather didn't cooperate with us.

... and here's the final walkthrough.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of meeting Raf before the show started. He's tall and he's lovely. It was somewhat eerie to shake his hand. It's like touching Jesus.

More pics and text to follow. It's late and I have to pack... I'm going to Milan tomorrow!

I think I don't have that many shows on my checklist this time around. As you know, I've been traveling so much the past few months and I haven't had the chance to sort out my requests. So far I've got a few blue-chip shows confirmed: Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Calvin Klein and then I also have D&G, Cavalli, Etro, Ferragamo and I think two or three more. I'm gonna make a conscious effort to go to presentations and showrooms of smaller labels.

June 16, 2010

Haider Ackermann Spring 2011 at Pitti W_Woman Florence

Haider Ackermann Spring 2011 at Pitti W_Woman Florence

The Fondazione Pitti Discovery will present Haider Ackermann's spring 2011 show later tonight at Palazzo Corsini.

Haider Ackermann show invitation spring summer 2011

I'm a big fan of Haider Ackermann (though I could never seem to afford his pieces) and I'm looking forward to seeing his show.

Mrs. Repossi

Mrs. Repossi

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Repossi in our hotel while on the queue to ask our concierge for a cab. She came up to me and introduced herself. She liked what I wore a few days ago, specifically my printed harem trousers. She's a lovely woman.

Mrs. Repossi

They own Repossi, fine jewelers from Monaco. Her daughter, the super chic Gaia Repossi (photo of her as a child above -- see the Anya Hindmarch bag), frequently appears on street-style blogs. Gaia also collaborated with Alexander Wang for jewelry that was used on his show.

A Shaded View of Florence

A Shaded View of Florence

Fellow fashion blogger and friend Diane Pernet arrived today in Florence for Pitti.

She's staying at the same hotel as I am and she's one floor up. Thought I'd visit to say hello... it's been quite awhile since I last saw her.

Diane Pernet

You should have seen her reaction when she opened the door and saw me. She was like, "stop! wait right there..." and she grabbed her camera to take a photo of me. It turns out that it was the first time she smiled today.

Fun times!

June 15, 2010

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear at Pitti Uomo 78 Florence

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear at Pitti Uomo 78 Florence

As a special guest of Pitti Uomo, Raf Simons will show his spring 2011 menswear collection for Jil Sander on Thursday here in Florence. I've received my invitation earlier today.

Jil Sander fashion show invitation Spring 2011 menswear

Jil Sander will also livestream their show at http://www.jilsander.com on Thursday, Jun 17 starting at 3:15PM US Eastern Time.

On a side note, I googled Villa Gamberaia, which is about 30 minutes away from Florence, and oh my lord, it looks beautiful.

Guests to the show are advised not to wear high heels due to an "outdoor location".

BTW, there's a garden party following the show.

I can't wait!

Miu Miu Store Florence, Italy

Miu Miu Store Florence, Italy

The Miu Miu store in Florence is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Savoy where I'm currently staying. Even though men's Miu Miu was discontinued a long time ago, Miu Miu remains close to my heart because of all the beautiful, chic things that are available there. 

Miu Miu store Firenze, Italy

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June 11, 2010

Blog Love

Blog Love

I'm currently here in Florence to celebrate Luisa Via Roma's 10th year anniversary of LuisaViaRoma.com. As you know, I've supported them for as long as I can remember and it's wonderful to see how they've evolved over the years. Luisa Via Roma is one of my favourite online stores. Their selection is amazing and they have always been the first in posting collections in advance.

Luisa Via Roma Florence

It's my first time to visit Florence so you can imagine how I had goosebumps when I passed the store on during my night stroll. The store is a block away from my hotel!

Anyhoo, this bag was waiting for me when I arrived into my room.

The folks at Luisa Via Roma sent me this very cheeky t-shirt.

Hysterical!

It's the perfect antidote to THIS.

Just sayin' :-)

Firenze Fever

Firenze Fever

How funny. Spent eight days in Stockholm, flew to Manila for less than 2 days and after 22 hours and two delayed flights not to mention baggage problems, I'm back in Europe again. This time I'm in Florence, Italy.

I'm staying at the spectacular Savoy Hotel...

Hotel Savoy Firenze

... here's the amazing view from my balcony.

Hotel Savoy Florence

And Piazza della Repubblica at night.

Piazza della Repubblica

Tomorrow's gonna be a busy day. Time to get some shuteye.

June 09, 2010

Baggage Delay 2.0

Baggage Delay 2.0

Italia, we have a problem. It's like KLM all over again.

I recently sent my luggage via courier from my hotel in Stockholm to Florence for convenience and to save money from paying ridiculous, per-kilo excess baggage fees. I brought several suitcases with me because it's gonna be a very busy month and a half.

I called my hotel in Florence to see to ensure they've received my luggage safely and the concierge told me, nope, they haven't received anything for me yet.

I checked the courier's website lo and behold I found this:


Estimated delivery: June 14, 2010 - 8PM

My heart stopped. I arrive in Florence this Thursday, June 10. Why the long delivery time?

I picked up the phone and the courier told me that my bags are gonna be delivered to Italy by truck (aka Ground service).

Turns out that I selected "International Economy" instead of "International Priority" on the form and there's no way for them to change the service because the shipment already left the station in Stockholm..

How was I supposed to know International Economy is the land equivalent of the slow boat?

I can't believe it. With my current workload and schedule, I have no time for this BULLSHIT.

My clothes are there, my toiletries are there, 10 pairs of shoes are there, my handbags, my accessories, my glitter playsuits, my Finsk wedges and yes, my "never-leave-home-without" Sally Hansen airbrush legs are there.

I have tons of events from June 11 onwards. What to do, what to do?

Please refrain from being oh so predictable by telling me to 'shop' and buy shit. Money doesn't grow on trees! I'll shop if you pay my bills and wire cashola into my bank account.

Also, I have travel insurance but this is not covered because I sent my luggage via commercial courier not via commercial flight (ie. I didn't travel with it).

I need a miracle. That's what I need.

Now who wants to lend me clothes and shoes?

Please don't laugh at me when I show up in Nike trainers.

That's all.


photo credit: rodeo magazine

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