Beyond Fortezza da Basso's doors, Italy's atmospheric Renaissance city basks in the summer sun. Here, a look at places to go and things to do during Pitti Filati down time in Florence.
Michele Negri, CafE and Shop
Designer Michele Negri, a Florentine native, has recently opened another boutique that carries his sophisticated tailored men's and women's lines. Negri also opened a cafe next door to the store that serves aperitifs, lunch and a breakfast of creamy cappuccino and crumbly brioche.
Via Degli Agli 3r.; +39-0-5521-2781.
Duck out of Florence's tourist-trafficked piazzas and museums to the sanctum of the spa Soul Space. Muscle-melting massages and beauty treatments aside, this slickly designed spa also has a heated indoor pool for Watsu massages.
Via S. Egidio 12.; +39-0-5520-01794.
Illuminated entirely by candlelight, the new eatery's modern Italian food is as chicly presented as the gold and ivory dining room. Ristorante Nobilis' forte, however, is its lengthy wine list, which is so vast the owners had to take over a separate cellar space near the Ponte Vecchio.
Via Pietrapiana 82r.; +39-0-5523-45696.
Made up of a group of concierges from the city's most prestigious hotels, Lifestyle Concierge showcases Florence with an elite twist. Among the tailor-made services it can finagle are special opening hours in museums; transfers in luxury cars, helicopters or jets; private rooms in exclusive restaurants, and test laps in Formula One cars.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia