The third installment of my Italian adventures in styling (and modeling): These are the final looks from my stay in Florence. Naturally, they are also the most avant-garde of the trio.
Luisa via Roma always stocks spectacular headpieces, as impractical as they are incredible, and I could not resist this one. Nanà’s exquisite amalgam of black butterflies ($5,820) is one-part veiled headdress and two-parts wearable sculpture. While it feels almost creepy, in an Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds kind of way, there is something magnetic about it. Especially with David Koma’s leather-and-crepe cocktail dress ($2,879). With bar-like straps, it played the part of delicate birdcage to the winged creatures. Finishing the look with a leather bra ($990) and classic Tribute pumps ($825), both by Saint Laurent, brought the vibe down to earth and made it feel slightly less editorial (aka fantastical).
As for the menswear look, maybe I was inspired by my suite at the Villa Cora; decorated like a rich garden, it was very Spring 2014 Givenchy. Naturally, I couldn’t resist their floral cotton-poplin shirt ($595), matching Bermuda shorts ($565), and coordinating, Birkenstock-inspired leather sandals ($750). If I were a man, I would wear Givenchy roses every day of my life. Albeit, a gay man, but that’s the only kind of man I’d ever want to be anyway. Their nappa and neoprene hooded jacket ($2,660) mellowed out the print (though I prefer it in full-force).
I adore the FIRENZE4EVER trips to Florence with Luisa via Roma. Not only are Andrea Panconesi and his staff the perfect hosts, I love kicking off each new season in this beautiful city with old and new friends from around the world. Stay tuned for the party photos, which I’ll be posting next week!
All photos by Francesco Ormando