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.

Back Again!

After a lovely 4 weeks of break, we are all once again back in Florence for the spring semester. Traveling around Europe was awesome, but is nice to be back in the familiar streets of Firenze. It is so strange how a city that was completely foreign four months ago, now feels like home.

For our first week of classes, we were already up to speed! During our first flats and technical specs class we visited Filati Pitti, a yarn and textile trade show at the Fortezza di Basso. Similar to the White trade show in Milan, this event showcased the newest and most modern forms of textile production.  All the different producers opened my eyes to all the possibilities within knit-wear and textile. I know many of us were inspired to incorporate new forms of knits into our showcase for Massimiliano Giornetti In April. Here are some photos from the showrooms!

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Some close ups of the cool new knits.

Palazzo Tornabuoni

Palazzo Tornabuoni is s far one of the most magnificent places I have been lucky to visit during my stance in Florence. Big chandeliers, high ceilings and classic decoration make the place very inviting. The Palazzo is a restored building from the fifteen-century, what was back in that time an actual Medici residence. It is now a residence club; there are 38 apartments in total, 27 residences and 11 club residences. It took four years for the Palazzo to be restored and it shelters works of art and an incredible architecture collected from the previous owners as Alessandro Medici and the Renaissance Pope Leo XI.

During the visit we were explained how the idea of the club became successful, which is run by the Four Seasons Hotel. To become a member there’s fee to pay yearly and you acquire 3 weeks per year or you can also buy one of the residences starting at the modest price of 1.7 million dollars. There are members from all over the world, currently about 80 memberships and 11 apartment owners, a lot of them being around the age of retirement and have decided to move to the heart of Florence.

The manager also shared his story.  How in his beginnings after graduating with a degree of tourism and hospitality he was working at a front desk in a hotel in Milan and eventually made his way to Florence and was offered the position as a Manager for the Palazzo. It is refreshing to hear stories from people that are humble and start from the bottom up, it encourages us students to follow our dreams.