Past & Future Fashion at Vintage Selection & Pitti Filati

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Outfits by A.N.G.E.L.O., a Vintage Selection exhibitor

“A classic never goes out of style,” a slogan used in a famous ad campaign, could also be the trademark of Vintage Selection and Pitti Filati. It is a quality that defies the passage of time and actively unites the past with the future. Both fairs, held at the Florence’s Fortezza da Basso from June 29 to July 1, take the concept one step further by emphasizing creativity.

The 28th edition of Vintage Selection, showcasing retro styles as well as accessories and design objects, is set in the Fortezza’s Medici Pavilion. Admirers of classic garments and accessories from the past will find many opportunities for shopping and entertainment.  The fair’s immense archive is also a research laboratory that gives designers a wealth of inspiration.

The theme of Vintage Selection is “The Right Numbers.” Also inspired by the “Pitti Lucky Numbers” motif seen in the recent Pitti Immagine Uomo 90 men’s fashion fair, it is meant as a celebration of the role of numbers in everyday life.

Exhibitors include Vintage Delirium by Franco Jacassi, whose showroom displays the greatest stylists of the 20th century: Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Chanel, YSL, Pucci, Versace, Gucci and many others. Another is A.N.G.E.L.O., one of the most influential and important vintage clothing stores in Italy and worldwide, which regularly supplies clothes for important fashion magazine shoots. Shabby Chic Vintage by Graziana Biagini is for the intellectual with an alternative lifestyle. Florence is represented by a historical brand, Street Doing Vintage Couture Firenze.

But vintage is more than just clothing. The fair also features objects and accessories, pieces from the past that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Visitors can browse through unique timeless objects, including books and prints by Agenda Vintage.

To music provided by Radio Toscana, the public will be invited to visit the exhibition “Caosordinato (Orderly Chaos): Anything Works/A Modern Man’s Wardrobe.” Curated by Stefano Chiassai, it is a project about the top 25 male looks.

Chiassai has worked for 35 years in menswear and is considered one of the top creatives in the Italian fashion scene. Studying a vast archive of 15,000 outfits and accessories from the 19th century to the present led to a book of the same name. Co-authored with his daughter, the designer Corinna Chiassai, and published by Nuova Libra Editrice, Caosordinato was first presented during Pitti Uomo 90.

Vintage Selection can be visited on June 29-30 from 9 am – 6 pm; July 1 between 9 am – 4 pm, admission €5.


Far from Vintage Selection’s atmosphere of the past, international buyers and designers will find inspiration for lifestyle trends of the future at Pitti Immagine Filati, open only to buyers and the press. A total of 140 brands are expected at this 79th edition, which will feature previews of global excellence in yarns and textiles for the 2017/2018 fall-winter season.

Among the many names are some major labels in the luxury goods industry, such as Loro Piana & C., the prestigious Lanerossi, founded in 1873 in Italy and Todd & Duncan, established in 1867 in Scotland.

Of particular interest is Spazio Ricerca, the experimental observatory where trends are analyzed and launched. This year’s theme is H24 – Knits 24/7. It will explore applications of various fibers through colors, atmospheres, sensation and touch. A different garment will be exhibited every hour of the day and night, under the artistic direction of fashion designer Angelo Figus and knitwear expert Nicola Miller.

Pitti Italics, the program through which the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery promotes new Italian talents in fashion, will present a fashion show by Sansovino 6. Next on the program, Edward Buchanan, former design director for Bottega Veneta who launched a knitwear line in 2009, will hold a special lecture for the Feel the Yarn finalists.

Now in its seventh year, Feel the Yarn is a competition for aspiring designers from some of the world’s best fashion schools, who will create original knit garments. There will also be a special prize called “Splendor of Life.”  Sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo, it is awarded to the competitor whose project best interprets the beauty of the Italian lifestyle.

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