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Italian Fashion - Fall 2006 - What are they Wearing?
Judith Ayotte Greenwood
We are having a very mild spell but, having put away the sandals and the camisoles and torn the October page off the calendar, the Italian ladies put on their down jackets and they have no intention of taking them off before April. It makes it tough to photograph the pretty stuff they are wearing under the fluff. I had to get a little assertive.
Party Fashion for the Young Set
I went to a party Saturday night and I was allowed to photograph some of the guests. They are all studying professions so they're young. The young rarely get sparkly at night, but their grandmothers and aunts did.
The woman on the left is the daughter of the house. Isn't she lovely? Under the hoodie she wore outside for drinks, she was sporting a strapless horizontally striped sweater and a matching shrug, but she was so busy helping her mom I couldn't get a photo of that. She'll model it for me one day.
In the middle is the birthday boy, Riccardo.
The woman on the right is a guest wearing three trends all at once: the tight tweed jacket, the big important belt at the hips and the boots.
Below is a branco of young men, all but one in down jackets. The one without wore a shin-length black leather coat and looked like a cool spy. Underneath they were all dressed more or less like Riccardo.
What You Will Find in the Shops
It's the annual celebration of our patron saint, San Florido. The entire city, within and without the walls, becomes a carnival, so I drove in to photograph the strollers. They were all in down jackets!
I went to my favorite store, Atena, and asked what they've been selling. Surprise! Under all that down the ladies have a variety of colorful tops and jackets. I asked the owner if she would model them for me, and when she got over the shock, she agreed.
Here she is as I found her, the top is last year's acid green, of which I bought and wore three pieces, too.
As winter nears, women are also buying winter white as shown below on the left. There were lots of choices, tops and bottoms, but the jackets were all shapely and short.
The photo in the middle shows the formidable short suit. These shorts are stretchy, but she has the good taste not to wear them so tight that they expand. The jacket is boiled wool and quite cropped. Most of the jackets are short this year, and often worn over a tunic that shows under it.
On the right is the number one seller, an enormous check, which is known here as "Jackie Kennedy" style. There are matching skirts, too.
I had a newfound respect for this girl after this photo, because while she was modeling the short suit she was waiting on one of the most drop-dead handsome men I have ever seen. She didn't wince or blush, although she told me she wouldn't wear shorts because she thinks her legs are bad. That's a really cool head. There was a flurry of customers while this fashion show was going on, and they were as delighted as I was. I think she sold double the usual amount and she invited me back "anytime!"
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© Judith Ayotte Greenwood, 2006
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