Italy In The Hands Of Fashion | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aItaly is a small territory and a concentrate of beauty in every sense of the word. Among the arts we Italians have created through the centuries, we can say that since the Renaissance our mastery for beauty enabled us to train even the beauty of nature mixed with the elegant architecture into postcards that the entire world enjoys.

The Italian views are not the only things a visitor enjoys in Italy. Every corner, every niche, every stone has history and stories to tell. However, when “walking on gold” becomes a regular pavement the value of the heritage, patrimony, or even opportunity that “gold” creates is completely disregarded. The Italian government doesn’t realize the value of the nation’s treasure and doesn’t know how to make it work for them. The country is consumed with overstuffed bureaucracy, serious recession problems and other issues  I don’t feel discussing here, as this post is about fashion and not politics. Luckily for the Italians, there are so many successful entrepreneurs in the fashion industry who have decided to help out and devolve a good chunk of their own money to save a lot of our monuments and historic sites from crumbling to death.

Benefactor designer Diego Della Valle (photo above) a prominent business person in the shoemaking business gave 35 million dollars of his own money to clean up inch-by-inch all the grime, pollution and dirt collected on the Coliseum’s travertine stones for centuries. The cleaning up is done by hands with small brushes and almost no technology, no chemical allowed, only purified water, elbow grease, three years of work and a lot of dedication from the workers.


Fendi,  famous fashion house followed Della Valle’s example and offered $3.5 million to redo the plumbing of the famous Trevi fountain in Rome where 54 years ago Fellini filmed “La Dolce Vita” with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. This is where every tourist stands by the fountain and with a backward motion throws a coin in the water with the hope to come back to Rome.

The Biagiotti House proudly supported the restoration of the twin Baroque fountains in Piazza Farnese and Michelangelo’s grand staircase leading to Campidoglio Square. (Photo above: Biagiotti mother and daughter)


(Photo source: Author Sergio Calleja – Wikimedia)

Bulgari House
is putting money to repair and restore the Spanish Steps in Rome where tourists stop to rest their feet and sit on the steps for hours.

Salvatore Ferragamo worked together with the Louvre on the restoration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne.”

The 400 years old Rialto Bridge in Venice will be restored with Renzo Rosso’s money, (photo above) a self-made man in the fashion industry known as the Giant of Diesel Jeans who became a multi-millionaire with all the fashion products he created to pair with his Diesel Jeans.

Italy is not a country is an emotion and Italian past glory must live and must be protected. Tourists enjoy Italy, the views, the historic sites, taste wines and indulge in good food, but wonder how do Italians manage to live the dolce vita with the chaos the nation is in. Well, with their hands tight, at least they choose to enjoy the best moments life offers. It is only with the help of fashion magnates that Italian future becomes our problem and our treasures can live for a few more centuries. We are very proud of these iconic people in the fashion industry. Ad Maiora! Ciao,

Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Red Fascinator copyValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior. Born in Italy in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on

Fashion Is A Pain | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Fashion never stops to amaze me! Every season, every year, new inspirations twist our way of dressing and yet guess where designers draw their ideas? The past, again and again regurgitated in new million facets!
This fall 2013, the choice of designs and colors have fallen on the Tudor and Medieval fashion. Alexander McQueen and a few others took Tudor’s fashion to a new height. Although the look is very pretty and most appropriate for Opera soirée, I don’t think women will want to dress in crinolines again crowned with tiaras!

Miuccia Prada latest “Miu Miu” collection has interpreted women as androids, in my opinion. Dark colors and mostly black are the choices of this collection. With the exception of a few bright pieces, the collection seems quite gloomy to me. She highly structured her clothes and body shapes are cinched in tight belts. Shoes are flat, bulky, kind of tanks for feet.

Louis Vuitton has resurrected the feminine shape, small waist, and voluptuous curves and no it doesn’t mean that women have become submitted creatures or sexy pot. Woman’s beauty should be celebrated with clothes that emphasize it and elevate it.

In the fall 2013 Italian designers envision women in punk clothes and Mohicans fur hair extension. You read it right fur hair extension!

There isn’t anything new under the sun. Ideas are cooked, re-cooked and re-proposed as leftover food with new flavors. I see more creativity in street fashion, at least people don’t have the pretense of wanting to be designers and feel freer to express themselves with shapes and colors best suitable for their moods. (Photos below:

I encourage people to embrace color, always pushing them outside their comfort zones. This fall 2013 try the versatile color palette. Get into the warm “Linden Green” with the “Carafe” accented with the vibrant “Samba” or “Koi”, but then “Beaujolais” “Koi” and “Emerald” together are so tempting. Whatever colors you chose this fall, must feel comfortable and exalt your personality.

pantonefall2013colortrends(Photo: Pantone)

Coordinating the right colors will affect your day, productivity and spirit. My Skype line is always open and I am here to help. Ciao,

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Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Cappello GialloValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe. Born in Italy and in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on


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