Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And finally..here I am! A colorful day at the beach, in Coney Island. 

Going on a well deserved vacation for a couple of weeks, before starting off again in September with our style posts about fashion trends experienced in NYC and Milan

Buone Vacanze!!!



Arm Party = Layering Bracelets + Bracelet Combinations. 

Probably Leandra Medine, better known as The Man Repeller, when coined the Instagram hashtag #armparty last year had no idea that this would become a major accessory trend. This trend involves piling up to your wrist every possible bracelet - everything from bangles and cuffs, to rope bracelets and silver or gold. 

And in NYC every major trend is never overlooked: bright coloured bangles are the celebrities of this summer, with gemstone-embellished wristlets and leather strapped cuffs sit next to metallic gold bracelets. You probably all have noticed that the jewelry this summer is chunky and bold, a bit geometrical abstract but also and baroque, sparkly and colorful. 

There was a time when jewelry accessorizing meant statement earrings or necklaces, but not this summer: you have to host a summer arm party and your wrists are the centre of attention.



Thursday, August 9, 2012

There is nothing better that getting style tips from a Fashion Insider.  And this week we are all  very very very lucky, because I had a not-to-miss Q&A with Silvia Bianchi, General Manager for Neil Barrett, Milan.

Take careful notes! And thank you Silvia for your precious suggestions!

Can you describe your personal style? I love mixing male style with sexy details. I like to find the right proportions in a look. Imagine your body divided in two parts: below and over your waist. If you show one part you have to cover the other.  I like to wear very short skirts with a shirt, or long pants with a sexy top. And I never forget high heels.

How does Milan inspire your day-to-day style? Milan is a great inspiration, it is always looking forward, a step ahead. Every day and night it is playful to find something special to wear and being different. Milan gives you the opportunity to show your personality and is very demanding: always surprise with clothes and accessories, never be ordinary.

How does your job inspire your style? I loved Neil Barrett's style even before starting working here. I am very lucky to work for a fashion brand that I love – a philosophy and a style can determine every choice here. At Neil Barrett the focus is in the details: details make the difference in a dress, in shoes, in your house and in your life.

What do you think about the current summer bold color trend? Are you wearing it? How are you wearing it?  It's a few season that the fashion world is talking about color blocking and unexpected colors. Designers are very playful about it. They are making bolder choices introducing electric blue, brilliant yellow and emerald green (my favorite color in our spring summer collection). It's easier to wear black or white to be ultimately elegant, but using colors in the right way is an interesting exercise in every season. I love yellow flat sandals, emerald green dress and a hot pink bikini.

How people in Milan are wearing this summer bold colors trend? In Milan nobody is afraid to wear something bold or colorful, but without crossing the line of elegance. Especially during Milan Fashion Week, people wear looks often more interesting than the ones showed on the runway! Designers and fashion blogger take inspiration by street style like a real red carpet.

What is/are the must-have pieces for this summer in Milan? This season offers wonderful geometric prints. The main theme is somewhat classic, but with a touch of bold. In winter the must was a Celine bag. This season everyone has chosen Stella McCartney or a bold colored clutch, funnier for a night out. During a summer day I would rather use big sized bags to carry everything for the city. I like to carry big bags at the beach as well to be always ready to go to a pool party! 

What are some of your favorite places to shop in Milan? And online? I like to go around the city to discover new shops and new brands. If you follow the trends of the top fashion brands, then you can play them out with the new talents. In Milan I like Clan Cafè in the Brera district, Antonioli in the Navigli district and Agent Provocateur at Rinascente. Online I opt for net-a-porter.com, luisaviaroma.com and other main Italian brands’ online stores. And of course neilbarrett.com!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I have recently been told by my friend back in Milan about a new viral multi-colored trend for all the Italian fashionistas: Cruciani’s bracelets! Unfortunately they are not sold in the US for now, but it is a fun, colorful and summery trend worth to write about.

Cruciani’s bracelets are macramè, summery and fun “must have” accessory in Milan. Perfect for all ages, Italian celebrities, bloggers and even Italian Olympic athletes have been all spotted wearing them. But let’s get into the details.

The phenomenon of four-leaf clover bracelets by Cruciani broke in August 2011 when, in front of Cruciani's boutique in Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany), people were queuing to grab one or more colors of the bracelet of the summer. And the word of mouth did not take long to spread all over Italy.

Cruciani’s bracelets made their grand debut in Milan back in September 2011 at THE fashion event of the year, Milan’s Vogue Fashion Night Out. Cruciani dedicated a limited edition of the bracelets, created ad hoc for the Milan’s Fashion Week and its success was instant among the Milanese fashion crowd. Cipriani’s partnership with the famous textile group Caprai, made this collection even more valuable for the exclusive craftsmanship. The bracelets are all made from needle lace macramé by Caprai textile group: absolutely 100% made in Italy.


The most famous Cruciani’s bracelets are easily distinguishable from 7 shamrocks macramé lace flanked by a C. In particular, the bracelet with the cloverleaf was born from an idea by Luca Caprai and now it is available in a variety of subjects: from the famous four-leaf clover, to hearts, to the ultimate success, the butterfly. Each represents a symbol, respectively luck, love and femininity and freedom.

The price of the bracelets Cruciani varies depending on the model, but the average for each bracelet would be 10 euros, that is $14 dollars, so it is really budget friendly! You can check all the bracelets out and buy them online (shipping in Europe) at www.braccialetticruciani.it. You can find the complete list of licensed retailers in Milan here.