Monday, 27 December 2010

2010 style facts_part 1

A dancer performing during the 16th Asian Games
opening ceremony in Delhi (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
As this year approaches its last few days it can be
interesting to take a look back on style-related facts
happened during the previous twelve months.

Giles Deacon's precollection in Florence, photo by G. Gazia
January_ Pitti W_woman precollection

Florence played host to the fifth edition of Pitti W, the woman
precollection event coincidently with Pitti Immagine Uomo 
fair, showcasing special guest Giles Deacon's AW collection.
The British designer presented amazing couture outfits bearing
his own signature prints at Richard Ginori's headquarters, the
world famous fine porcelain makers, receiving a high favorable
outcome. Such an entrancing experience.

Alexander Lee McQueen, photographer unknown
February_the untimely demise

Alexander Lee McQueen's suicide in early February shocked
us all casting a long shadow over the whole year and beyond.
His incredible vision, the unique craftsmanship of his creations
as well as his spectacular shows will unquestionably live 
on even under Sarah Burton's worthy direction though 
we'll never cease to mourn his premature death.

Italian designers tweets
March_let's tweet again

Twitter, the popular microblogging service which experienced
massive growth over the past couple of years with more than
100 million new accounts opened, throughout 2010 has
been hugely embraced by celebs and fashion designers
who posted words and pictures, mainly through a mobile
device, allowing followers to hone in on runway news,
trend tips, invitation to events or behind-the-scene tittle-tattle.
Le tweet c'est chic.

AFW, photo by Oleg Katchinski/
April_the Spitalfields alternative

London's Alternative Fashion Week yields a genuine alternative
for truly innovative designers to present their work directly to
the public and the fashion industry. Running for a full week
with 15 shows a day, the Spitalfields event promoted 
by Alternative Arts provides the vital stepping stone 
between the graduate shows and the mainstream fashion 
industry raising environmental awareness and actively 
supports recycling and ethical sourcing.

Chinese girl professionally posing outside the Expo, photo by Aly Song
May_the largest world's fair ever

“Better City - Better Life” was the theme of the World's Expo
2010, held in the city of Shanghai, China for six months and it 
was the largest yet most expensive international exposition
to be staged. Over 73 million people visited its pavilions 
with a record attendance of 250 countries partecipating: 
Italy showcased 265 innovation projects focused on next 
urban development but even textile enterprises 
promoted their own expertise giving appointment to 
next edition which will be hosted by Milan in 2015.

Male models dressing up for Thom Browne's catwalk in Paris, AFP photo
June_the Big Four and eager acolytes

Each of the 'Big Four' Fashion Weeks is renowned for 
shaping clothing styles: New York for sportswear, London 
for cutting-edge, avant-garde designs, Milan for its 
top-of-the-line voguish looks and Paris for haute couture outfits.
Berlin Fashion Week and it's prodigal son 'Bread & Butter' 
street & urbanwear trade fair is the forerunner of the newest 
internationally oriented Fashion Weeks venues which 
achieved higher significance over the last few years, 
like the ones from Amsterdam, the Scandinavian trio 
made by Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, as well 
Hong Kong, Tokyo and São Paulo, Brazil.
I merrily took a glance throughout the year even at Rio,
Johannesburg, New Delhi, Moscow, Jakarta and Reykjavik
Fashion Weeks: each and every one with a full schedule 
of catwalk shows, trade fairs, presentations, lectures and 
parties attracting a broader audience, significant designers 
and brands, buyers, press and... bloggers.


1 comment:

  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    Thanks for your visit and you being Italian, that means even more to me!
    This is a most interesting review of 2010 with some hilarious moments and sad ones too. That's life!
    Wishing you some pleasant days of 2010 for a gran finale ed anno Nuovo 2011 Felice!

    Mariette's Back to Basics