No matter what country you visit, or language you speak, everyone speaks the language of fashion. In the Fashion World, Milan is considered one of “the four” and is right up there in lights with Paris, New York and London. As I’m still on holidays in Italy, I decided to look at Italian Street Style. There is nothing better than a good window seat or alfresco table to sit and people watch. It’s one of the best ways to pass time. Coffee or a glass of wine and let the passersby entertain you, it’s like you are sitting in the front row of Paris Fashion Week. Italians are well known for their tradition of dressing up “la bella figura” or good impressions. They can be decadent and opulent but also classic in their style. Their tanned skin and dark features are a perfect base for showing off their incredible style.
The Italian’s became prominent in Fashion during the 11th–16th centuries, when artistic development in Italy was at its peak. The birth of the Renaissance between 14th and 17th Centuries would have accelerated art, music, educaton, finance and philosophy and so Italian fashion flourished and it became very popular, especially donned by the likes of the Medicis in Florence. During the 17th - early 20th centuries, Italian fashion lost its importance and lustre and Europe's main trendsetter became France, with the great popularity of French Fashion this is due to the luxury dresses which were designed for the courtiers of Louis XIV.
In 1951–1953 fashion soirées held by Giovanni Battista Giorgini in Florence, the "Italian school" started to compete with the French haute couture, and labels such as Ferragamo and Gucci began to contend with Chanel and Dior. The Italians were back in the limelight. Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Moschino, Valentino, Versace, Georgio Armani are definitely names that have made strong ripples in the fashion pools.
Taking some inspiration from Italian Designers I have put together 7 Italian Street Style Looks and added some m-use accessories to show how accessbile and easy it is to take the Italian Style and work it on the Irish streets!
Crisp white shirt with a rolled up sleeve and black skinnies or cigarette pants with ‘barely there’ strappy heels and designer shades will keep you forever on trend, especially on the streets of Venice, Rome, Florence & Milan. Pop simple silver diamante studs, Elie Beaumont silver with a white face watch and a smart classic black tote Olivia bag (also comes with a messenger bag) to finish the look.
Black and white classic combo with a high waisted full skirt with a tucked in high neck and cut away sleeve top. Strappy laced up shoes, sunnies and pop one of our statement necklaces to take it from ordinary to extra-ordinary. The Kiri Clutch/Messenger will take you from day to night with its concealed strap. Picture a take away coffee, pastry sitting on the Spanish Steps at the Trevi Fountain.
A cashmere knit in a champagne cream colour paired with a straight leg trouser. The continuity of colour elongates the body. Black cut out heels and the essential sunglasses to protect from that Italian sun. Add our Leila simple emerald cut drop earring, classic silver and gold twist bangle and the black Kiri Clutch/Messenger bag.
Popping out to get some pastries and coffee, you can look stylish and still be comfortable in a simple navy top with cropped skinny denims and a flat pair of sandals. Don’t forget to take the Lauren Rose-gold shopper (also comes with a messenger bag). Keep on time with the Elie Beaumont large marble faced watch on a plush pink nappa leather strap. The T bar bracelet gloss mixed metal in Rose-Gold & Silver.
Italy can be very hilly, great for toning up the legs! Heels are not always a good option; so don’t forget to have a spare pair of flats in your bag. Our bags are so spacious and while they are neat and compact and come with a messenger bag, you could easily stow a pair of flats in your bag comfortably. This little black number is easy to dress up with flats, sunglasses, our black Aqua Bag and one of our cotton/silk mix waterfall pink and silver scarf.
A simple cream tea style knee length dress with button up detail and full length sleeve. Paired with laced up shoes and some antique gold jewellery and our stone coloured Elizabeth wallet. The jewellery collection heart shape necklace, earrings & bracelet keeps this look paired back and effortless.A simple cream tea style knee length dress with button up detail and full length sleeve. Paired with laced up shoes and some antique gold jewellery and our stone coloured Elizabeth wallet. The jewellery collection heart shape necklace, earrings & bracelet keeps this look paired back and effortless.
White T-shirt with a rolled sleeve tucked into a black skirt with a statement neckerchief and earrings. Sleek hair tied into a low chignon to show off our 100% silk Burberry inspired neckerchief and our pearl and gold earrings will draw the attention to your accessories.
Can’t believe we are closing on July, August is only around the corner and it is a month that I definitely try to get as much wear from my summer clothes as possible. Introducing different accessories keeps my outfits fresh and is a little kinder to my bank balance than a brand new outfit.
By Edelle Mellett