Christian Dior has finally found its designer. In a move that will break up one of the most feted design teams in fashion, Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino is expected to be named artistic director of Dior, becoming the first woman to lead the brand in its 70-year history.   The move, which is expected to be announced next month, has th...

We interviewed Lando Simonetti, a very successful entrepreneur with never-ending anecdotes during his 30 years as CEO of La Martina and in the polo world. A visionary man down to business. Founder and president of the world's most famous fashion polo brand. We spoke with Lando in his very elegant La Martina boutique in Recoleta, Buenos Aires....

It's well known that there is a long history of bright Italian inventions, from art and architecture to food and technology. Since the Roman Empire era, the peninsula has been the perfect habitat for creativity, genius and maverick thinkers.   Many of you probably remember genius like Donatello or Leonardo Da Vinci or Galileo Galilei, but th...

Fashion in Italy is serious business—so it's no surprise that lots of travelers often ask us how to dress like an Italian while they're here! While you certainly don't have to dress like a local when you're visiting, and while you should definitely wear what you're comfortable in, immersing yourself in the culture can be part of the fun. And that m...

It's a hop, skip and a jump from the Geary Street side of Union Square to 236 Post St., where the Salvatore Ferragamo store just reopened in larger, two-story digs.   A fixture in San Francisco since 2000, the purveyor of luxury Italian goods is now cheek-to-jowl with Burberry, Cartier, Graff and Giorgio Armani, a growing designer alley. &n...

Micol Fontana, the last of the three sisters who founded the high fashion brand Sorelle Fontana, died on Friday. She was born in 1913. The three sisters' garments were worn by numerous Hollywood stars, including Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, and Ava Gardner, as well as members of the jet set such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.   "...

by Chiara Beghelli   Luisa Spagnoli, in the Parisian clinic where she died when she was only 57 (in 1935), could hardly have imagined that 81 years later her story would be narrated in a two-episodes TV series dedicated to her entrepreneurial experience first in the chocolate sector and then in fashion.   In 1907, she founded in Perug...

by Amy Carlson Gustafson   The Twin Cities loves its fashion. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is extending the hours for the final two weekends of "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945." The exhibit, which features a variety of pieces from major fashion houses including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Missoni and Dolce...

Claudia Volpi throws down a friendly ultimatum: "I challenge you to find an Italian who doesn't own a pair of Superga shoes." And she's hoping the sporty "People's Shoes of Italy" will soon become common footfare for Fillmore residents as well, now that the doors to her new boutique are open at 2326 Fillmore Street.   The shoes — slip-o...

by Pia Capelli   Building a map of the contemporary Italian fashion scene is not an easy task. La Triennale in Milan is endeavoring to do so with an exhibition titled "The New Vocabulary of Italian Fashion." The show's time frame starts with 1998, the year of the beginning of the Digital Era (with the birth of Google and the launch of t...