Matty Bovan energizes Milan fashion, Armani offers elegance
MILAN — (AP) — Milan Fashion Week closed Sunday after five days of mostly womenswear previews that celebrated diversity and renewal, with more designers of color represented than ever and a host of new talent making their debuts at major fashion houses. Stop.”Some highlights from Sunday, the closing day of Milan Fashion Week:MATTY BOVAN’S ‘SHAPESHIFTER’“This is new energy for Milan,” Stefano Gabbana gushed backstage to British designer Matty Bovan. “I am exhausted,″ Bovan confessed to fashion journalists moments earlier. And he threw in some Matty Bovan emblazoned golden brocade, as mermaid skirts and ruffled wraps. The collection culminated with crystal accented looks in the most shimmering of whites, each a meditation of what fashion means for the spirit.wftv.com
Designer Armani and guests flee wildfire on Sicilian island
Italy Pantelleria Fire Flames burn beyond fashion designer Giorgio Armani's villa on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. The designer and his guests evacuated overnight to a boat in the port, and the flames stopped short of the property, according to his press office. (Armani Press Office Via AP) (HONS)MILAN — (AP) — Firefighters worked Thursday to put out the remnants of two wildfires on a Sicilian island that forced fashion designer Giorgio Armani and dozens of others to flee their vacation villas overnight. A photo from the island of Pantelleria showed flames appearing to encroach on Armani’s villa, but the Italian designer's press office said they stopped short of the property. Armani and guests evacuated to a boat in the harbor.wftv.com
Armani, others flee wildfire on Sicilian island retreat
Italy Pantelleria Fire Flames burn beyond fashion designer Giorgio Armani's villa on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. The designer and his guests evacuated overnight to a boat in the port, and the flames stopped short of the property, according to his press office. (Armani Press Office Via AP) (HONS)MILAN — (AP) — Fashion designer Giorgio Armani and dozens of others were forced to flee from their vacation villas overnight as firefighters worked to extinguish the remnants of two wildfires on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria on Thursday. A photo shows flames that appear to encroach on Armani’s villa, but his press office said they stopped short of the property. "After the great fear of last evening and the night spent at work, Pantelleria is returning to normal," Campo said.wftv.com
Italian menswear innovator Nino Cerruti dies at 91
MILAN — (AP) — Nino Cerruti, the Italian fashion designer credited with revolutionizing menswear in the 1960s and who gave Giorgio Armani his first fashion break, has died, Italian media reported Saturday. Cerruti died in northwestern Italy, where his family has operated a textile company since 1881, the Italian news agency LaPresse reported. He launched his first menswear company, Hitman, in 1957 near Milan, dedicated to creating sartorial elegance on an industrial scale and becoming part of the nascent men’s ready-to-wear sector. Cerruti sold the company in the early 2000s and designed his last collection for Spring-Summer 2020. News of his death spread through the fashion world during Milan Fashion Week menswear previews.wftv.com
Milan Fashion Week curtailed by virus, opens with 16 shows
MILAN — (AP) — Milan fashion houses were charting a path out of the pandemic that included a menswear calendar this month packed with enough live events to entice fashionistas to once again book trans-Atlantic flights. Milan Fashion Week previews for Fall-Winter 2022-23 open Friday with significantly fewer physical events than initially planned, and access to those is severely limited by pandemic restrictions as Italy’s virus infection tally hit record highs almost daily. Global powerhouses like Zegna, Fendi, Dolce&Gabbana and Prada will still host live shows, but Milan mainstay Giorgio Armani canceled entirely and other brands scrapped runway shows for digital. The more than 40 planned live events have been reduced by one-quarter, with 16 live runway shows going ahead alongside physical presentations. In addition, swaths of Asia and eastern Europe — important fashion markets — are administering vaccinations not approved by European health authorities, limiting travel to Italy.wftv.com
Armani cancels men's Milan show, Paris haute couture
ROME — (AP) — Designer Giorgio Armani said Tuesday he was cancelling his men’s fashion show in Milan this month and his Prive haute couture show in Paris because of soaring coronavirus cases in Europe. The decision makes Armani the first major designer to pull out of the Milan men’s previews for fall/winter 2022-23 scheduled for Jan. 14-18. In a statement, the fashion house said the decision was “made with great regret and following careful reflection in light of the worsening epidemiological situation. Milan’s fashion council had announced last month that 22 brands, from Armani to Zegna, would be staging live runway shows, with just nine opting for digital presentations. It did so following the success of the September womenswear shows that featured 40 live runway previews, with mask requirements and limited invitees.wftv.com
From Armani to Zegna, 22 Milan brands plan live runway shows
MILAN — (AP) — Milan menswear previews for fall/winter 2021-22 are returning to a mostly in-person format in January, with Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Prada among the 22 brands staging live runway shows, Milan’s fashion council announced Monday. The president of the Italian National Fashion Chamber, Carlo Capasa, said the success of the womenswear calendar in September, with more than 40 live runway previews, indicated that “runway shows can be organized safely with social distancing and face masks.”“We need to be very careful. The Jan. 14-18 calendar also includes 24 in-person presentations, with just nine brands choosing to present digitally. London-based JW Anderson is among six brands that will be making their Milan runway debut. The confirmation of the Milan calendar comes just days after the British Fashion Council said its January menswear shows would not go ahead due to COVID and that they would be consolidated with the womenswear calendar in February.wftv.com
Emporio Armani celebrates 40 years during Milan Fashion Week
MILAN — (AP) — Milan is once again basking in the joy of snarled traffic for Milan Fashion Week, a sneak peek at what real normalcy might look like one day. On the runway, the simple fashion response is denim and knitwear, and easy-to-wear shoes. Here are the highlights from the second day of mostly womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Thursday:EMPORIO ARMANI CELEBRATES 40 YEARSGiorgio Armani celebrated 40 years of his Emporio Armani line with a retrospective show at his Silos museum and a new collection for youthful dressers that brimmed with colorful optimism. Streetwear comes into play in perforated tops and dresses, both easy to wear and pack. Griffiths also included a model whose shape was of more everyday, girl-next-door proportions, not the tall, uber-thin gazelles easily recognizable on Milan streets during fashion week.wftv.com
Armani talks succession at 1st live show since pandemic
Italy Fashion Giorgio Armani Giorgio Armani, right, and Leo Dell'Orco accept applause at the conclusion of the Giorgio Armani men's Spring Summer 2022 collection, in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (Luca Bruno)MILAN — (AP) — Giorgio Armani hinted at his succession plans on Monday as he staged his first live runway show since the pandemic, and following a fall that landed him the hospital for two weeks. With a menswear show to prepare for, he relied on Pantaleo (Leo) Dell’Orco, who joined Armani in 1977 and heads menswear for all of Armani’s collections: Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Exchange. Citing Dell'Orco and his niece Silvana Armani, who fills the same roles for womenswear, Armani said, “I am preparing my future with the people around me,’’ he said. “Digital is necessary,’’ Armani said, especially to reach people who still cannot travel to the shows and to promote the collection.wftv.com
Armani shows off scar from arm fracture in recent fall
Italy Fashion Giorgio Armani Giorgio Armani, right, and Leo Dell'Orco accept applause at the conclusion of the Giorgio Armani men's Spring Summer 2022 collection, in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (Luca Bruno)MILAN — (AP) — Giorgio Armani told reporters on Monday that he spent two weeks in the hospital after fracturing his arm in a fall coming out of a movie theater. The 86-year-old Italian designer closed Milan Fashion Week with a menswear show in the garden of his original atelier in the center of Milan, in the same building where he lives. After the runway show, he told reporters he went to the movies 20 days ago — as soon as cinemas reopened after winter restrictions aimed at containing the virus. Armani took his bow at the end of the show on the arm of his long-time collaborator Leo Dell’Orco, who helped him down the stairs to the runway.wftv.com
Prada sees virtues to preserve in digital runways
MILAN – Miuccia Prada has adapted to the digital runway and isn’t ready to give up its lessons when the pandemic is over. While a runway show fades with the lights on the last look, the digital presentation requires another step: Picking the details that “create an atmosphere,” Prada said in a streamed conversation after the digital show. The women’s collection continued the body-hugging comfort layer of long johns from menswear, as well as leather gloves fitted with zipped pouches. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott maintained his usual playfulness, casting top models, actresses and a burlesque star that might have been front-row guests in another period to populate his Moschino digital show. Amber Valletta was caught on a shopping safari in a faux golden crocodile suit, replete with lizard tail.
BLM in Italian Fashion campaign shows early tangible results
A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2020, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Italian fashion chamber. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)MILAN – A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Milan fashion chamber. “When you want to do something, you can do them immediately,’’ said Jean, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion campaign. The collaboration with the Italian fashion council will continue in September, when five new designers from Italy’s minority communities will be featured during fashion week. AdSteele said Black designers are also under-represented in the United States, despite the role that Black culture has had on inspiring fashion there.
US star soprano misses La Scala gala season-open debut
United States' soprano Lisette Oropesa poses in front of La Scala opera theater in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to single a title role in the gala season opener of La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Oropesa is one of 24 singers recording for a broadcast event marking the traditional Dec. 7 opening. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN – Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to sing a title role in the gala season opener at La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Management opted for a gala evening of star singers and ballet dancers, mostly recorded in segments in advance.
Beppe Modenese, creator of Milan fashion system, dies at 90
MILAN – Beppe Modenese, the force behind the coalescence of Italian ready-to-wear fashion in the northern city of Milan, has died. Modenese died Saturday in the fashion capital. Dubbed “Italy’s Prime Minister of Fashion” in 1983 by Women’s Wear Daily, Modenese remained a front-row mainstay into recent seasons, maintaining the official title of honorary president of the Italian fashion council, the Italian National Fashion Chamber. “Beppe Modenese contributed like no one else to the birth of the Italian fashion system,’’ fashion council president Carlo Capasa said in a statement. As the head of the fashion council, Modenese discovered many talents, notably Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who made their Milan runway debut in 1985.
Armani, Ferragamo premiere short films at Milan Fashion Week
Model Maria Carla Boscono wears a creation as part of the Salvatore Ferragamo 2021 women's spring-summer ready-to-wear collection during the fashion week in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN – To show or not to show: Each Milan fashion house had to make a difficult decision how to reach the fashion public this season under the safety constraints imposed by the coronavirus. ____ARMANI EXPLORES PAST AND PRESENTGiorgio Armani was the first Milan designer to show his collection behind closed doors, taking the command decision last February after Italy’s first local transmitted case of coronavirus was detected while Milan Fashion Week was under way. “I don’t know when we will recover the formula’’ of live runway shows, Armani told journalists during a presentation. Men wore perforated leather jackets with loose trousers, suits with 1940s boxy jackets and bright trenches.
Milan Fashion Week to include Black Lives Matter event
The Italian fashion councils only Black designer has hailed as a breakthrough the inclusion of a Black Lives Matters event to the official September show calendar and the formation of a working group aimed at ending racial discrimination in Italian fashion. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)MILAN The Italian fashion councils only Black designer has hailed as a breakthrough the inclusion of a Black Lives Matter event to the official September show calendar and the formation of a working group aimed at ending racial discrimination in Italian fashion. She and other Black creatives in Italian fashion pushed for greater substance. Five Black-led Italian brands, discovered by the founder of the independent AFRO Fashion Week Milano, will make a digital presentation during the hybrid physical-digital Milan Fashion Week from Sept. 23-28, the national fashion chamber announced Thursday. Italian Fashion shall no longer hide behind excuses and justifications that point the conversation to other countries, Jean said.
Milan fashion returning to runway in September - in part
Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make on-line only presentations during the last fashion week in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses will hold physical shows to present previews for Spring-Summer 2021 in September. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)MILAN Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published Wednesday. After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make online-only presentations in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses are making plans to present in-person previews for Spring-Summer 2021. In all, 28 fashion houses plan to stage live shows and another 24 will participate in the Sept. 23-28 Milan Fashion Week through digital shows.
Prada headlines Milan's first Digital Fashion Week
Pedestrians pass by a screen showing a Vivetta model during the Milan Digital Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN Prada headlined Day 1 of Milans first Digital Fashion Week on Tuesday with a series of out-sourced videos and the apt subtitle the show that never happened.Luxury fashion is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic by moving runway shows onto digital platforms. We are used to doing fashion shows, Miuccia Prada said in notes emailed to journalists. Only two fashion houses are hosting live shows this week in Milan: Dolce&Gabbana and Etro. We have to look for a new normality, a different normality, Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in opening remarks for Digital Fashion Week.
As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, models wear creations for the Kenzo fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. No one from the public will be allowed to see the clothes in person at all, in fact, during this on-screen-only version of fashion week that starts Monday. The new digital Paris Fashion Week calendar isn't bad for everyone.
Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars
FILE - In this Feb.25, 2020 file photo, model Kaia Gerber leads other models as they wear creations for the Saint Laurent fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus lockdown -- which has hit luxury fashion houses on their bottom lines -- has also given pause to rethink the pace of fashion. The coronavirus lockdown, which has hit luxury fashion houses on their bottom lines, has also given pause to rethink the pace of fashion, offering the possibility to return to less hectic, more considered periods of creativity and production and perhaps consumption. Armani also has called for a major rethink of changes in luxury fashion during his 45 years as a stalwart of Milan fashion. The Italian Fashion Chamber is promoting three days of online presentation of mens and womens collections in July to substitute the regular June calendar.
Italy tries to contain virus as isolated towns hunker down
Civil protection officials said at least 229 people have tested positive for the virus in Italy. Italy has the highest number of cases outside Asia, underscoring the limits of Italy's prevention protocols, the most stringent in Europe. Officials still hadn’t pinpointed the origin of Italy's outbreak or whether the clusters were related. State railways was offering full reimbursement of tickets for travelers who didn't want to travel due the virus outbreak. Until last week, Italy only had registered three people who tested positive for the virus, including a Chinese couple visiting from Wuhan.