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Fashion victims: Italian artisans try to preserve their struggling industry

Creativity emanates from every corner of Italy, and this country’s $67 billion fashion business taps the talent of artisans who draw on generations of tradition.

But the coronavirus is sending shockwaves through the industry, shuttering shops and canceling fashion shows, with losses reaching a staggering $20 billion.

Correspondent Seth Doane traveled across Italy in recent months, to see how artisans are coping in the COVID era, from the floors of a fabric factory in the eastern Veneto region, to the rolling hills of Umbria.

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In the fashion capital, Milan, Raffaella Grasso inherited the embroidery business Pino Grasso Ricami from her father; snapshots of past successes are posted on the walls. Her clients include Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Bottega Veneta.

She explained the embroidery technique to Doane; “The technique that we use is overlapping sequins very well, and that makes the difference, and this is something you can

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In Meadowy Prints, Memories of the Main Line

Growing Up in Style is a series about the connection between fashion and local life in America, past and present.


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WHY do you have so many little floral prints that you never wear?” demands my daughter, rifling through a rarely visited corner of my closets. Upstairs in our family house in Turin, Italy, she is as usual ransacking my wardrobe for vintage clothes—an Alaïa leather skirt, a Tom Ford for Gucci velvet jacket—that she will cajole from me for extended loans. “Stuff like this doesn’t look good on you,” she adds with daughterly bluntness, holding up a blouse from the Italian company Frau Lau, with a minuscule Liberty design of pale-blue blossoms. “Not your style at all.”

It is true, I admit, that it is not my style, which is monotone, severe, yet occasionally reckless, ideally with

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A Look Back at Her Most Stylish Moments Through the Years

Amanda Gorman is a rising fashion icon.

The 22-year-old poet laureate became 2021’s breakout fashion star after she delivered a powerful poem at the 2021 presidential inauguration, wearing a vibrant yellow coat from Prada. She’s since continued to make waves in the world by getting signed with IMG Models and appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Chanel teamed with a headband by Autumn Adeigbo this week.

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While many are just discovering the highly accomplished writer, Gorman has been serving up looks while taking the world by storm for quite some time.

In May of 2018, Gorman performed poetry in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dye at the Geffen Playhouse in a whimsical floral dress that featured a backless detail from Asos.

Gorman then attended the 2018 Beautycon in Los Angeles, wearing a sheer blush-colored dress that was embellished with flowers also from Asos.

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The best fashion documentaries to stream right now

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Like everything in the world at the moment, fashion is in the midst of a major shift. Runway shows are either virtual, cancelled, or attended by Kristen Stewart and Kristen Stewart alone. Seasonal offerings are reimagined as fashion films by famed movie directors or turned into video game dreamscapes. We’ve seen some labels blow up overnight and others disappear off social media entirely. Though it’s not the first time, nor the last that designers have had to switch gears. The fashion industry has long been a reflection of the world around it (think McQueen’s SS99 robot-painted dress, or Y/Project’s AW21 exploration of the absurdity of ‘normal’ life today). As we head into fashion month wondering how today’s top designers will engage with our current sociopolitical moment, we’ve rounded up some of the most insightful and straight up eye-catching fashion documentaries out there. From Martin Margiela:

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Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden, and the Politics of Dressing

Photo credit: Getty Images/Ingrid Frahm
Photo credit: Getty Images/Ingrid Frahm

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There is great power in fashion—when it is used with intent. This is perhaps most evident on those world stages when everyone is watching: a glitzy red carpet, a designer runway, a historic inauguration.

Due to the pandemic, though, we haven’t had much in the way of fashion on a big stage. Red carpets have been mostly canceled; live runway shows are staged without crowds, filmed, and consumed virtually. But last week, during the inauguration, we got a proper show: A symbolic, patriotic parade of well-tailored coats, eggplant hues (a color to symbolizes unity), monochromatic ensembles, and, most affectingly, the reemergence of the kind of thoughtful styling choices that lift up and celebrate emerging American design talent.

In her time in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama championed young, diverse American designers, making each brand a household name with a single

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‘Throwaway fashion is the worst imaginable concept’

Three looks from Armani Privé spring/summer 2021
Three looks from Armani Privé spring/summer 2021

The Giorgio Armani Privé show at Paris Haute Couture fashion week in January is usually a big Oscar-watch moment. The starlets on the front row (or their stylist representatives, who have now become big names in their own right) often indicate who might choose the label for the most high-stakes red carpet of the year and amidst the dozens of looks shown, a handful will next be seen on the likes of Nicole Kidman or Cate Blanchett parading in front of the flashbulbs at the Dolby Theatre.

Alas, this year the Academy Awards have been pushed back until April, but it’s certainly lovely to imagine what a fashion feast they might be for our loungewear-overdosed eyes. Especially if Mr Armani has anything to do with it. The couture collection he unveiled on Tuesday evening, in his Palazzo Orsini atelier in Milan rather

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