Milan Archive

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 …

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, …

Marco de Vincenzo Gets Dirty

MILAN, Italy — The first looks in Marco de Vincenzo’s show today — languid fringed numbers, as intricate and inventive as we have come to expect from this wunderkind — hit the runway paired with sneakers. The look felt fresh. A relief, really. Up until now, Marco de Vincenzo has tended towards the ladylike. He needed to get a little bit more dirty with reality, so …

The Evolution of Etro's Hippie Sophisticates

MILAN, Italy —  Multiculturalism has aways been at the core of the Etro ethos. The label has managed to keep a bit of wandering hippie spirit through its evolutions over the decades. Veronica Etro’s mission, now, is to make it all relevant for the moment, bringing Etro’s own sense of opulence and sophistication closer to the street. She is very stubborn in this plan and …

At Moschino, Cut-Out-and-Keep Dolls

MILAN, Italy — In a season where overtly feminine fantasies have occupied the minds of more than a handful of designers, you can leave it to Jeremy Scott to twist Moschino’s mood with the times, undercut by his comic perspective on fashion’s frivolities. Looking back at paper doll crafts, his Spring/Summer 2017 show for Moschino revolved around the type-cast figures of that 1950’s pastime, sending out …