YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS: Time does go by — 40 years have flown since Mariuccia Mandelli of Krizia started in fashion. Reason enough for a look back, no? And that’s exactly what’s she’s planning, starting March 6 with a cocktail party for 1,000 at Milan’s La Triannale, an art exhibition hall.
“At first I was worried because I thought people would think I was a mythomaniac, having such a big retrospective,” said Mandelli. “But people who know me, know it’s not true.”
The exhibit, opening in the middle of Milan’s designer rtw show week, will showcase approximately 250 of Krizia’s best outfits, chosen by Oscar-winning costume designer Gabriella Pescucci. “It’s a very difficult task because I have so much material to choose from, and I feel bad leaving some out,” said Pescucci.
Part of the retrospective will be dedicated to Krizia’s videos and ad campaigns, shot by Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Barry Ryan and Giovanni Gastel, among others.
In honor of the occasion, Mandelli will show her fall/winter collection at the Milan fairgrounds instead of in her own theater on Via Manin. “It’ll be like going back in time, since I first showed at the Fiera in 1978,” said Mandelli.
SEE NAPLES AND BUY: GFT, the designer-label manufacturer that has had troubles lately, has opened a showroom in Naples. The big new space will carry GFT’s in-house bridge lines — Sahza, SiYou and Essence — along with Ungaro Solo Donna. “We have lots of agents that sell these lines in the south of Italy. The idea of the showroom is to be closer to them and our clients, offering them a high-end service,” said Marina Mira D’Ercole, head of strategies and development for GFT’s women’s division.
A GOTHIC SCARE: Unsuspecting Milanese shoppers got a shock recently when La Rinascente, the big department store in the Piazza del Duomo, filled a window with Frankenstein clothes — costumes from film director Kenneth Branagh’s “Frankenstein.” On display were the blood-red velvet cape with fur-lined hood worn by Helena Bonham Carter in the movie, as well as Dr. Frankenstein’s bedraggled fur coat. They went nicely with the gargoyles peering down from the cathedral across the way.