Italy Archive

Renzo Rosso's OTB Acquires Majority Stake in Paula Cademartori

BREGANZE, Italy — Only The Brave, the family investment arm of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Italian-Brazilian fashion brand Paula Cademartori. The designer, who was new to the BoF500 this year, is known for her colourful collections of accessories including bags and shoes, which are worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Jessica Alba. …

Luxottica Sales Soar as Ray-Ban Maker Forecasts Revenue Growth

MILAN, Italy — Luxottica Group SpA gained the most in more than seven years after the maker of Ray-Ban sunglasses said sales growth will accelerate in 2017. Revenue will probably rise by a mid-single-digit percentage next year, chief financial officer Stefano Grassi said on a call with analysts Monday. Third-quarter sales rose 3.5 percent at constant exchange rates, the Milan-based company also said. The stock rose as much …

BoF Exclusive | Marni Names Francesco Risso Creative Director

MILAN, Italy — BoF can exclusively reveal that Marni has appointed Francesco Risso as its new creative director, as founder Consuelo Castiglioni steps down after more than 20 years. It was widely rumoured during Milan Fashion Week that the Spring/Summer 2017 collection would be Castiglioni’s last at Marni. Her departure was confirmed this morning. Castiglioni’s decision to step down was personal, she said in a statement. …

Luxury Goods Market Hampered by Terror Threats, US Election

MILAN, Italy — The terror threat in Europe, a strong dollar and uncertainty over the US presidential elections have eroded the confidence of the globe’s big-spenders, holding luxury purchases flat in 2016, according to a study released Thursday. Spending on luxury apparel, accessories and other personal items is expected to hold steady at 249 billion euros ($273 million) this year, a study by Bain Consultancy for …

Peter Dundas Departs Roberto Cavalli

FLORENCE, Italy — Peter Dundas, the creative director of Roberto Cavalli, has left the Italian fashion house after just over a year and a half in the role. The company has not yet named a successor. Dundas joined Roberto Cavalli in March 2015. It had been a return to the brand for the designer, who served as the brand’s chief designer from 2002 to 2005, before …

Maverick Australian leaves top job at ‘James Bond's tailor’ after just six months

The Italian fashion house Brioni has parted company with its controversial creative director Justin O’Shea only six months after the Australian was brought in to shake-up “James Bond’s tailor”. The tattooed, shaven-headed heavy metal fan, who had never designed clothes, was seen by many as an uneasy fit with a brand famous for its bespoke suits. The Milan-based house had dressed every James Bond from …

In Milan, Fashion on Repeat

MILAN, Italy — Do we really need fashion weeks, at least in the way they are currently conceived and broadcasted? The question kept hammering through my head at Milan Fashion Week. The event was certainly no smash hit, nor did it offer a smorgasbord of new ideas. But all the hammering hasn’t resulted in a definitive answer. I have lived in the fashion world long …

Dolce & Gabbana's Tropico Italiano

MILAN, Italy — Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana entitled their collection Tropico Italiano, but it had only to do with the feisty set-up, complete with palm trees and coconut vendors, not with the clothes. After all, the two designers have already found their own tropic, a while ago: Sicily, and in general the south of Italy, with its joyous spirit, burgeoning sensuality and endless melange of everything …

Ermanno Scervino: From Madames to Mademoiselles

MILAN, Italy — The Ermanno Scervino take on femininity is sensual and eminently ladylike. So much so that despite the label’s utter sophistication, as well as the couture-like quality of its production, it is sometimes impossible to tell one season from the next. Today’s show was Scervino’s best in a while. The goings, finally, got lighter, while the label’s ladylike styles took a fresh, girly slant. It …

Giamba's Fallen Lolitas

MILAN, Italy — Thanks to Giambattista Valli for reacquainting us with some true gems of Milanese interiors. The Giamba show today happened inside the sumptuous interiors of Palazzo Litta, all brocade walls and gilded stuccos. A strange fit for Valli’s naughtier, younger line, but one that perfectly fits the designer’s modus operandi. Valli likes the contrast of highbrow and lowbrow, of luxury and trash more than anything else. Thereafter, …