MILAN — As they round the bend toward 2014, Italian trade show organizers expressed satisfaction with this year’s fairs, noting that foreign buyers’ continued interest in Italian products kept momentum strong even as Italy’s domestic market sagged.
Emanuela Forlin, exhibition manager at Fieramilano, which organizes the MI Milano Pret-à-Porter, or MIPAP, and Sposaitalia fairs, said she had seen a marked difference in performance between Italian companies that have successfully built ties with other countries and those that work exclusively in their home territory. This year, “only those companies that work in large part abroad were able to contain their losses, and in some cases even turn profits,” she said.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive