(Re-) Constructing Italian Identity: Dolce & Gabbana’s #ItaliaIsLove

One of my biggest obsessions, recently, is Dolce & Gabbana. I just can’t get over their designs—and that’s why I can’t even stop myself from taking pictures of them when strolling on Madison Avenue—and if it was a realistic possibility I would probably wear them every few days. But more than the beauty I definitely see in them, there is something about the messages they carry that makes me love them even more.

Carolina Herrera & The Dream Of Being A Woman

Born in Venezuela, Carolina Herrera, as only a few Latin American women from the first half of the past century did, had the privilege of growing up in contact with Europe and with the magical world of Parisian haute couture. It was, precisely, this contact with the world’s fashion capital, with the art of creative genii such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, what took Carolina Herrera to develop her fascinating sense of aesthetics, and which has managed to bewitch both men and women for the past few decades. In every single one of her creations, her personal history is reflected in the unique mix of elements that blend the Latin American cultural imaginary with the femininity and elegance of European haute couture, creating a uniquely wonderful conversation that continues to charm us throughout the years. These aesthetics, which can only but elevate the beauty of women, are the result of the eyes that, from a very young age, grew accustomed to seeing beautiful things, and of a brilliant mind, which knows how to combine, in a perfectly harmonious way, the beauty of two worlds that seem to be nothing but complete opposites.

Fashion Film: Dior And I

Dior And I

About two weeks ago I had the opportunity to see the movie Dior And I at a private event held in the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho, organised by Dior. I had been wanting to see the documentary from the moment I knew it was going to happen, and I must say I wasn’t disappointed at all!

Dior And I

The movie, directed by Frédéric Tchen, shows the process of creation of the first collection of Raf Simons for Dior, which not only happened to be the haute couture collection, but also had to be done in eight weeks. Which naturally involves a HUGE pressure! The movie not only shows the creative process of such a talented designer as Raf Simons, but it also provides a comprehensive snapshot of the magic that happens in haute couture atéliers, from staying true to the essence of the maison while providing a fresh collection, to the interactions between creative director and seamstresses working in producing the garments.

Dior And I

This last part is probably what I loved the most about the movie. We all know Raf Simons is a creative genius, but in order to make each and every one of his designs come to life he is supported by a team of amazingly talented artisans. Especially in haute couture, each garment is a piece of art that requires hours of intensive and delicate artisanship, which can only be accomplished by the best of the best. In the end, fashion is a form of art, and that is something this movie is not afraid to highlight.

So if you still don’t have plans for the weekend, I seriously recommend you go see this movie. It is absolutely beautiful and mindblowing. And if you feel like wanting to make one of those flower-covered walls for my apartment, I would love you forever!

PS. Special thanks to Paula Mendoza and Ariel (from Dior) for making this post happen :) I love you guys!