Fun academic trip to Linea Pelle

On the past Wednesday all the design major students went to a trade show with our professors in Bologna, we got to get outside of Florence again and it was such an amazing trade show! Its name is called:Linea Pelle.

Linea Pelle is basically a Leather, synthetic fabrics and accessories show. There were four buildings just for showing leathers, and rest of them were for other fabrics and etc. It was crazy for how many different kinds of leathers that we saw, and more important is the techniques they use for create different affects in leathers. It was amazing.

I also love the trend area, that was actually my favorite part of the entire trade show. We got to see the trend for 2015 spring and summer, just like it was in Premiere Visione in Paris, but I think this one is more fun and contains lots of new and interesting things! Fabrics that made of plastic, synthetic leather, what we called scuba fabric…everything, just gave me lots and lots of inspirations!

At the end I saw this amazing 3D printed shoes. They were unbelievable, the hole shoes was made by layers and layers putting together, which are all printed by 3D printer, they are metal –like and looks very heavy, but actually when you hold it, it feels just like paper. Well instead of print paper only, 3D printer right now can print all kinds of material, which is the progress of the technique, I am really happy to see it!

Unfortunately the whole trade show didn’t allow me to take any pictures, but I did find some pictures online, hope you all gets the spirit! blog1

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pictures from www.zanzanisrl.com

This is the company who makes these amazing shoes!

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Sure time flies!

About a week ago we came back from Paris, in between our tight schedule we got to visit the Louis Vuitton store at Avenue Montaigne in Champs Élysées. It was not your normal retail visit; the VIP Manager of the store guided us.

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Of coarse not only the goods, such as the Spring collection, handbags and other accessories but the decoration and the architecture would provoke a gasp or two for fashion devotees.

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Kevin, the manager explained to us the beginnings of the brand and how production and operations work. We were taken to the private rooms where special clients are taken to make their customs orders.

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It was such a nice experience to get an inside on one of the most iconic luxury brands, our guide Kevin was amazing and very inclusive, even knowing we are students we were still treated with excellence and professionalism.

Working with Massimiliano Giornetti

Ciao tutti!

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of sleepless nights and extreme excitement. We just returned from Paris, which of course was pure magic. But the week before the big trip, we FD2 students had a major project on our hands. We had the surreal opportunity to present our final showcase ideas to Massimiliano Giornetti, the creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo.

We have been preparing since we returned from winter break, gathering research, drafting thumbnails, and narrowing down 10-12 designs to present to Mr. Giornetti. On top of this we had to create a print design for our fabric. Amazingly, we will have our own unique three meters of fabric professionally printed, which we will then incorporate into our final showcase look. The Ratti Group, Mantero, and ISA seta (printers for companies such as Versace, Hermès, Dior, and, of course, Ferragamo) are digitally printing all 21 of our designs! Talk about pressure to create something nice.

On top of the print development and collection development, we have all become professional model hunters. Our final look will be presented on a living, breathing girl, allowing us to create a head-to-toe look. For the past few weeks we have ducked around grocery store aisles, done double takes in the hallways, strolled around the center—hoping to glimpse a lean leggy beauty we can persuade to make our final looks sing.

On presentation day we nervously awaited feedback from Mr. Giornetti. There was no need for nerves though. He was cool, relaxed, and genuinely interested in all of our collections. Sorry I have no pics from the presentation! I was too busy trying to seem professional and composed. Yet now the real work begins! I’ve got my sewing machine rented and about 10 yards of chiffon to buy.  I can’t wait to take pictures of everyone’s progress.

Cruise trip in Paris !

Hey there~

Long time no see~ Now that is already the fifth week since we came back from the holiday, time goes really fast, and I really cherish the only 3 months that has left to stay here.

FIT in Florence held an academic trip to Paris last week, FOR 4 DAYS!!! Do not be jealous :P It was a really really great experience and I really enjoyed it! This is also another reason I love this campus, we have a lot of chance to go explore different places, since I am a Fashion Design major students, I got to explore Milan last semester during the Fashion Week, and I got to see the yarn trade show Pitti Filatti with teacher 2 weeks ago, and in Paris, we went to Premiere Visione, which are all the top cities and shows! I am really grateful to have all this chances! :)

Since I am also the member of FLorence Abroad Study Activities group, I would like to post a event in Paris, was held by our group, which is the Cruise trip! We did this trip at the first day in Paris, everybody signed up, and looks like there are no regrets, everybody had lots of fun! First of all, it was a really beautiful night, although it was a bit cold if you stay on the deck, but we did it anyway, because the night view in Paris is so amazing! I would say is a city with sparkles of lights! There are sparkles everywhere, and lights on the historical bridges, we passes all the historical monuments, along with the audio speaking of telling us the history and interesting stories about this city, I melt, I bet others too… <3

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  Everybody has a great weekend!

Half way there

Many of us spent the break traveling around or went home. We have come back felling refreshed and ready for a new semester. During Christmas I had the wonderful opportunity of spending the holiday with a Sicilian Family, where we basically sat at the table half of the day, between breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner; enjoying not only the food but also the intense conversations. Moreover we spent the other half of the day harvesting and picking the fruits and vegetables to be used.

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Now back in Firenze, I keep falling more and more in love with it, rediscovering new places with a different perspective. I might not be a local, but getting outside the student FIT bubble has truly helped me to absorb further the culture in addition to get to know myself better.