The Ladybug wakes up after a sweet dream of shoes, Luisa Tratzi shoes!

 

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I’ve been a bit quiet lately: too much work, too many things to do and as usual when spring is coming I feel incredibly tired and I need to sleep a lot! For this reason I guess you won’t be surprised if I come back with a post talking about my favorite spot during the…Milan Fashion Week! I know it was a month ago but I needed time to tell you everything about the amazing Luisa Tratzi AW2017 shoe collection!

 

I needed time because it totally surprised me as it was a huge change. I’ve been following Luisa since her beginnings and every collection was a little surprise for me because she managed to give me always a new different idea of what beauty is when it comes to shoes. But this time I saw a more mature Luisa, daring with her creativity and making the most of every detail.

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First of all, shapes: I was amazed to see a lot of ankle boots in her new collection; it is my favorite piece and hers are just incredible; cut-outs, Plexiglas details, new shapes and length of the heels, bows, buckles…the collection is so creative and strong, so much more feminine if I can say so!

 

Second thing, materials: soft leather is a label mark as well as shiny patent but the new pieces in soft suede added something more to the collection! My favorite piece was indeed the navy suede ankle boot that I held in my hand…it was just perfection!

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Last but not least, colors: AW collections are sometimes more boring than SS because it usually turns around a few main colors (basically black and brown) but Luisa dared color-blocking (orange and purple) and pale pink also in winter plus all shades of blue, red and burgundy.

 

I really adored this collection, it was so powerful that her temporary shop in via Solferino during the Milan Fashion Week was absolutely glowing!

 

For more information you can visit her site http://www.luisatratzi.it

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The Ladybug and the celebration of nature in a pair of shoes (aka Luisa Tratzi SS2017 preview)

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There are things that I don’t like to miss: the new movie from my favorite director, the new album from my favorite singer, the new book from my favorite writer, the new shoe collection from Luisa Tratzi!

This season again, during the Milan Fashion Week, Luisa Tratzi was in town with her temporary shop in via Solferino and with a preview of her new Spring-Summer 2017 collection.

I’ve been quite bored about shoes in general lately: I browse shoe shops in town and online but it seems like nothing excites me anymore. I always look for something funny, girlish, sexy yet comfortable but nothing has really inspired me lately.

When I was going to meet Luisa to see her new collection I was wondering with what she would surprise me this time because she knows how to revamp my love for shoes, but this time she really went beyond any expectation!

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Luisa Tratzi SS 2017 collection was a celebration of the earth, an invitation to travel and to enjoy our mother nature:  camel shoes with patterns that make you dream of the African desert downs; turquoise and deep blue sandals with textured waves that bring your mind to the beautiful Caribbean sea; golden shoes with the brightness of the sun in a summer day; peach, yellow and pink sandals with the taste of a fruit basket and the smell of blossomed flowers!  Feminine shapes and stiletto heels with a new entry: lace-less soft sneakers in the tones of pastel pink and pale blue!

The creativity of Luisa is endless and it always goes with her incredible attention to detail, the quality coming from the handmade production and – as usual – the choice of the best materials (especially soft leather, patent and suede).

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I couldn’t resist trying some of my favorite pieces, starting from the camel and golden pointy shoes (they reminded me of the Sahara sandy hills) and the yellow sandal-boots (definitely my favorite color and a new shade for Luisa!).

What was a preview of a new collection quickly turned into a shoe party: what else when two women in love with shoes come together in a cloudy afternoon in the center of Milan?!

If you want to know more about Luisa Tratzi, where to buy her creations or directly buy some pieces of her current collection you can visit www.luizatratzi.it

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The Ladybug and the White Shirt, the story continues: discovering Balossa SS2016 collection at White Trade Show

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During the Milan Fashion Week one of my favorite stop-overs is the White Trade Show: I love this place not only because it gives you a forward-looking idea of what will be on next year but mostly because you discover many new interesting brands. In fact when I get back home I have my bag full of business cards and I spend a lot of time online to visit sites, Facebook and Instagram pages!

​But it is also an occasion to visit some of my favorite brands and to see which surprise they prepared for my little happy eyes! It was the case of my adored Balossa White Shirt, one of my favorite brands ever (especially because they have wonderful handmade shirts, that I adore, but this you already know!) founded by the talented designer Indra Kaffemanaite, who presented the new SS2016 collection a few weeks ago at White Trade Show in Milan.

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As usual it was a pleasure to meet Indra because she is such a sweetheart and she takes a lot of time explaining every single piece with such a passion that you feel like falling in love every time she takes a new shirt from the hanger. But I have to say that the 2016 Spring Summer collection managed to amaze me maybe even more than the last one, when I first met her. The beautiful shirts of this collection reach a new level of deconstruction leading to new experiments and breaking the rules in a totally unexpected way. Balossa plays with volumes and lines creating real art sculptures with surprising details: cut-outs, draperies, asymmetries and the most original detail, sleeves and collars everywhere except where you expect to find them! You can find sleeves as belts or pussy bows, collars as pockets (or inside pockets) or as details all along the shirt, shirts as dresses or jackets: the freedom of creativity is strong and refreshing. Eccentricity becomes sensual and bold at the same time.

Every Balossa shirt is a statement piece!

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The shirts of this collection are made with selected Italian cotton, so that they are soft and fresh (a real pleasure to wear) with a touch of sheer every now and then. White is the main color but the new shades of blue and pale pink are perfect for summer (I am really in love with the blue shade, very hard to find and extremely sexy).

I am not surprised that during the White Trade Show, Balossa received the Inside White award from Izumi Ogino, designer of the maison Anteprima. She chose Balossa because of their shapes, cuts and volumes that represent a perfect mix of Italian and Japanese styles. I can’t agree more with her!

I try to show you some of my favorite pieces here but believe me, it was very hard to pick up only a few of them!

For the day I wore a Balossa asymmetric white shirt, of course!, with Acne Studios skinny jeans, vintage Escada yellow shoes from Epiphany vintage and thrift store in Frankfurt, handmade African earrings and Balenciaga bag.

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The Ladybug Visits Her Sole Sister: Luisa Tratzi FW2015

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My busy Saturday during Milan Fashion week continued with a visit to the beautiful Galleria Silvano Lodi in the middle of the Quadrilatero della Moda to visit the temporary show room of Luisa Tratzi. A real corner of peace in a crowded area where I had the time to admire wonderful art creations (because I can’t just call them shoes!) and catch up with Luisa to chat about her FW2015 collection, Miss Garçon.

Why Miss Garçon? First; because she introduces new flat shoes, especially brogues, with a touch of masculinity that maintain very feminine details. Secondly, because of the details that recall mens’ shirts found in many of the new pieces (from super sexy high boots to very feminine killer heels décolleté). Last but not least, the use of new materials with a wink to those jacquards used for men ties and ascots.

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Leather (especially suede) and patent are still the most used materials. Those along with the famous de-structured heels, which I loved so during her last show in September, continue to be the center of Luisa Tratzi’s new collection.

Speaking of which, I had the chance to try both the wedge heels and the “crooked” heels and I can tell you that they are incredibly comfortable to wear!

Luisa Tratzi’s shoes are not just shoes but elegant and sensual pieces of art, especially because of the attention and study of the details. For their complex forms and volumes, I would call them sculptures. The new colors and patterns, introduced in this collection, are to die-for: from magenta to purple, from olive green to navy blue and every possible declination of patterns on the soft leathers and new ecological furs… houndstooth mixed with patent and metallic heels.

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Yet again I see in her work a beautiful way of mixing modern (sculpted and geometric forms) with vintage (use of coil heels, multiple straps and classic patterns of past eras).

I introduced Luisa Tratzi last year as one of the most talented Italian emerging shoe designers, but let me tell you that, for me, she is a star in the Italian firmament of shoe designers. The great Italian quality and her strong attention to details, mixed with her incredible creativity- make her more than an emerging talent, but a new amazing reality to keep an eye on!

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I tried to take as many photos as I could of my favorite pieces to share with you. Just a little something to hold you over until the new collection goes on sale.  For more, you can visit Luisa Tratzi’s site www.luisatratzi.it.

PS: This is me with my new friend Giotto, who enjoyed the shoes (and the soft red carpet) as much as I did!

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I wore Max&Co coat, Topshop hat, Acne Studios jeans from Matchfashion.com, Dixie sweater, Tosca Blu ankle boots and nepalese necklace

The Ladybug has Her Head in the Clouds: Introducing Balossa at White in Milan

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Fashion week recently concluded; a low point for me since I was super busy, making it hard to attend all the events and shows. But I took advantage of last weekend to head over to some presentations I was invited to check out.

First of my Saturday morning Fashion Week-end was the White Show in Milan to meet the emerging brand Balossa.

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Before meeting the beautiful and talented Indra Kaffemanaite, the designer and owner of the brand, I did some research online to get to know her better, and when I landed on their site (www.balossashirt.com) I completely lost my mind. Fell in love. Badly. Totally. Completely. Desperately.

She is a shirt designer. Shirts… Yes, only shirts and mostly white. But calling her creations just shirts is seriously understatement: they are artistic creations, they have an architecture that sometimes look like origami or paper sculptures… other times white birds or dancing ballet dancers. These shirts have movement and dimensions. They are dynamic, fluctuant… aerial.

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When I saw them in person I fell in love even more, if that was possible! You know my love for white shirts mostly because they are the easiest way (yet super chic) to pair with vintage pieces in daily wear (at work essentially, like I do). But I’ve always seen them as a vehicle, if I can say like that, to introduce vintage without shocking too much (I call it “I’m being myself, but I am a team player” attitude!). Balossa’s FW2015 collection just opened my view on white shirts because the attention was all on the shirts! Not a vehicle, but a real statement: I wear a unstructured shirt therefore I am! There is no space for other pieces when you wear a Balossa shirt!

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This is what happened with Indra Kaffemanaite, the soul and incredibly talented designer behind this brand of these amazing shirts: this is her first collection and she told me that after working with a Japanese designer, she completely changed her mind about the white shirt and started imagining and designing these wonderful pieces of art that you can find and buy on their site. She told me that for her the white shirt continues to be the most surprising piece ever: it is practical, easy to wear, sexy and cool- but she gave an honest new life to our favorite piece!  Vintage in a completely new and modern version!

Green light to a new style made of volume, games and artistic details… modern lines, asymmetries, draperies, cut-outs, plunging necklines on the back, softness and sculptural, Balossa shirts that can be formal or sporty, but always incredibly sexy with great personality.

How could I resist? Of course, I’ve already chosen my first Balossa, can you guess?

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The Ladybug Pollinates Marni’s Flower Market

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My last event of Milan Fashion Week in September was also my favorite one!

On September 21st Marni started the celebrations of its 20th anniversary with the opening of the Marni Flower Market at the Rotonda della Besana. Perfect location for a lovely, adorable event!

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It was a real Flower Market with beautiful flowers wrapped in Marni prints papers, seeds sold in beautiful printed packages (the same seeds were given as a press invitation to the event!), flower bags and gardening tools- all especially designed for the event by Marni.

During the entire afternoon, the public could shop and take flowers and the unique memories from this one-off event home. There were many workshops for children held in the park outside the Besana where you could find beautiful flower compositions with handmade creations representing birds were exposed throughout.

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But Marni Flower Market it’s not just a happy and colored event: it comes from an active collaboration of the brand with the MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milan, whose headquarters are located inside the Rotonda della Besana. Moreover, this project comes from an important charity initiative held by Marni.

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A part of the proceeds from the sales of all the limited edition products are indeed donated to the Vimala Association which guarantees seriously disabled Tibetan children living in India for medical care and physiotherapy, as well as food and the maintenance of their school-house.

A beautiful event in a wonderful location for an important cause: could Marni do better than that? Nah…

For the occasion I wore a pineapple printed shirt from Lazzari, Zara skort, ’80s vintage envelope Yellow clutch and Miu Miu Golden gladiator sandals from many seasons ago!

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The Ladybug Investigates: WHITE Milano and Coontemporary Mood During Milan Fashion Week

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Last month I had the chance to have a closer look at Milan during Fashion Week. I already knew that it wasn’t all about fashion shows and amazing parties, but I finally got a glimps of the affairs happening around this important event that make a whole city change for 7 long and busy days!

For example the fairs and presentations and the pop-up events with emerging brands and handmade artists.

I spent an entire Sunday around via Tortona visiting Coontemporary Mood and WHITE. These two events, equally different, are an example of what you can discover during Fashion Week in Milan.

Coontemporary Mood is a special pop-up event completely dedicated to creativity in art, fashion and design.  It’s where 25 emerging brands and artists are selected to expose and sell their creations. This year was its third edition and I loved it not only because of the many beautiful things that I saw but also because I am such a fan of young emerging brands: their creativity and their artistry is a gift and it is always such a great discovery for me when I meet a new handcraft artist. During my visit I fell in love with Stefania Nicosia’s soft leather clutches and with two jewels makers: Metalíca Creazioni and MarinaMa Creazioni.

Metalíca makes wonderful and impressive handmade jewels mostly in bronze and brass with different types of stones; I was amazed by the eccentricity of the design and by the use of the materials. MarinaMa makes handmade luxury jewels and I was dying for her earcuffs and necklaces!

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The White Show in Milano on via Tortona is a completely different event: it is a tradeshow, an International contemporary fashion showcase with a great selection of designers from all over the world both emerging and well settled. WHITE is open to buyers, offering them a mix of the most interesting brands and designs from International contemporary fashion. WHITE is considered an innovative container of ideas and services in the fashion scene and also within the Milan metropolitan environment.

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The new trends and product for the SS2015 were presented and I fell in love with this big box full of clothes and accessories to come and of new brands that I fell in love with!

Let me just give a special mention to G.Kero, a French Brand that I discovered at WHITE that I adored… let’s call it love at first sight; I was totally amazed by their prints and patterns!

For the day I wore a Topshop silk navy shirt, a vintage skirt from EBV Everybody’s Buying Vintage and Topshop shoes and bag. I added one of my favorite handmade pieces: a statement necklace that I bought this summer in a craft market in Singapore.

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The Ladybug’s Milan Fashion Week pt 2: Massimo Rebecchi Fashion Show

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It can happen only during a Fashion Week! It is a phrase that I heard a lot of times, but I now understand what it means… in my small world of lazy Sunday mornings- in bed until late afternoon, having an invitation for 9am is for sure challenging. But it was Fashion Week and the Massimo Rebecchi show so I decided it was worth an early Sunday morning wake up. I did my best to appear fresh and well rested and I understand that the result wasn’t perfect, but the show was absolutely to-die-for; the location – Accademia di Brera – and the VIP parterre was the icing on the cake!

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In the Massimo Rebecchi SS15 collection you can find all the Massimo Rebecchi ingredients (silk, prints, colors), but mixed up with new elements (for example: dark denim and pop art colors and geometry) to create a completely new effect. And this effect reminded of the ’60s allure when pop art met fashion for new unexpected colors and patterns creating a completely new approach to fashion (anyone thinking of Yves Saint Laurent and his Mondrian dress?). But now the modern key is the tri-dimension: dresses and blouses have new forms and new graphics, and there is a blossoming of colors from pastels to color-block- mixed with more classic black and white.

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But there are also the ’70s in this Massimo Rebecchi SS15 collection: strong colors mixed (light blue with red, yellow and red) and new asymmetric forms for long silk dresses and playsuits, along with flower mixes and jacquard. Plus a little wink to the ’90s sporty style with a new version of gym chic touched by new modern essential lines.

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All these different inspirations found a place in an always recognizable Rebecchi’s style, where the lightness of materials and of the forms make him one of my favorites as always.

I wore Topshop navy silk blouse and my new beautiful handmade statement necklace from my summer trip to Singapore.

 

The Ladybug’s Milan Fashion Week, pt 1: Luisa Tratzi Fashion Show

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This is something that I will probably never forget… the first show of my first Fashion Week. Those who follow my blog may already know that I’m not a big fan of the glittering luxurious world of the World’s Fashion Weeks, but hey, let’s be honest, this is every girl’s dream and I must confess that it was mine too! I am not ashamed to tell you that it was the first time I’d received some invitations to attend fashion shows in Milan during the Milan Fashion Week… I am just sorry that, because of work, I couldn’t attend all of them; still I’m very happy to have a special memory of my first catwalk because I really loved it.

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Another reason why I loved my first show was because of the show itself: Luisa Tratzi’s “Blossom Street” SS15 shoe show. If you don’t know about the brand, let me tell you that she’s considered to be the new emerging brand of Italian handmade luxury shoe designers. Last year she was selected by the Camera della Moda as one of the most talented emerging Italian brands and it was her first appearance of Milan’s Fashion Week. The event was not just about fashion: it mixed fashion with food with a special post catwalk brunch prepared by the famous chef Marco Rossi and beverages chosen by Elisa Campa, the sommelier from La Mugnaia in Ivrea.  Also, the location deserves a special mention: it happened at the Palazzo Grifoni, the Milanese store of Mauro Grifoni, an elegant historical venue were the designer’s pieces were sold with the artsy shoes pieces of Luisa Tratzi.

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But let’s talk about the shoes and the Blossom Street Collection: the blossoming flowers of the collection are the wonderful handmade pieces of art of Luisa Tratzi, not just shoes but elegant and sensual pieces that reminded me of beautiful flowers because of their intricate details. I would call them sculptures, created by soft leather and other refined materials which were not just worn but beautiful models dressed in white and flowers collars, but brought to the public on mirror plates to create a game of lights- giving proper importance to the art of the shoes. The color tones went from lilac to light blue and every possible declination of pastels mixed with metallic details.

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And, let me say, a beautiful way of mixing modernity (with sculpted and geometric forms) with vintage was the attention to the details that called on the eloquence of the past (the use of coil heels or of multiple straps).

Obviously, you can find some of my shots and favorite pieces in this blog post. But you can visit Luisa Tratzi’s site www.luisatratzi.it for more photos and information.

I attended the show wearing an “almost vintage” Max & Co ethnic skirt and Zara white shirt. I paired them with Ash peep-toe ankle boots, Miu Miu clutch and a vintage pair of cat-eye frames from Punti di Vista.

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The Ladybug Plays with the Ghosts of Vintage Future at the Vintage Workshop© in Milan

The Ladybug Chronicles-0862If you follow my blog you might know that I get excited when the Vintage Workshop© comes to town: not only because Angela Eupani, the founder and the and the heart of the event presented by the Associazione Culturale Ricercatori Moda d’Epoca, is a lovely friend of mine, but also because I know that I will find some of the most amazing pieces around in a room!

The Ladybug Chronicles-VW2instaAlmost two weeks before the beginning of the Fashion shows, Milan starts the busy job of hosting the fashion insiders events around town: at the Vintage Workshop©; buyers, stylists and designers can buy or rent pieces to be used as inspiration for their next collections. One of the homes of this side-bar fashion life is the Palazzo Stelline- where the event was held. It’s exciting to get this “preview” of what will be re-invented on catwalks next season. It says a lot about the role of vintage clothing and accessories in modern fashion: there’s nothing new under the sun and the past is still the first source of inspiration for the future! From these few days in Milan, you can forecast the trends for Spring-Summer 2015.

The Ladybug Chronicles-VW2This year, apart from the usual amazing pieces that Angela brought, she decided to entertain her public with a special screening of a short film from digital artist, DarkAngel0. I had the chance to watch the premiere on the first day and I was absolutely amazed by the concept of time and space (and the soundtrack!) presented in this film and by the talent of this artist. I totally understand why Angela decided to collaborate with him, especially when I saw shots of the vintage pieces I admired in the room come to life on the screen!

The Ladybug Chronicles-0856 The Ladybug Chronicles-0853 The Ladybug Chronicles-0849 The Ladybug Chronicles-0848 The Ladybug Chronicles-0845 The Ladybug Chronicles-0840No need to tell you how amazing the selection of vintage was (you can see some of my pictures here). I took my time playing with some amazing pieces like the heart shaped frames and coral hat, and the crazy pre-industrial hat (as Angela defined as: an industrial trend foreseen in the ’50s!) just to get in the mood of the surroundings (the new industrial was for sure one of the most important trends identified here).  I had a “grandma’s closet moment playing the diva among all those wonderful vintage pieces!

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The Ladybug Chronicles-0873Vintage Workshop© will be back in Milan soon; in the meanwhile, you can check them out during the Linea Pelle event in Bologna- if you are around!