When it came to traveling to Florence for the first time- I didn’t really know what to expect. And honestly, Florence (aka Firinze) was even more amazing than I could have ever hoped! Between some incredible presentations at Pitti Uomo (a huge and world-renowned menswear exposition) and some incredible shows like Brooks Brothers and Undercover- Florence was everything I’d dreamt of and more.
The first show I attended in Florence was for Brooks Brothers! 2018 marks their 200th anniversary and I was so honored to attend. You guys know me, I’m not the preppiest of them all- but I can honestly say I was so in awe of every single piece in the collection. Between cool suits, more casual sports coats and chic knits the entire show (which was set to a LIVE ORCHESTRA in a PALACE) was absolute perfection.
ZZEGNA’s presentation felt like we were walking though the woods. There were trees, scattered leaves, and some of coolest winter clothes I’ve ever seen. I don’t usually need to wear heavy puffer coats in Los Angeles, but for one of these beauties- I think I’d find a way.
The next show I attended was the M1993 show. I had been a fan of the brand for a while now, so being able to watch the collection walk down the runway was so much fun! The show was filled with unexpected denim looks, shearling touches and retro inspiration. To the show, I decided on this full M1993 look which was a super cool ski-like outfit that kept me warm and obviously chic through the chilly and rainy day.
If you don’t know what Pitti Uomo is, you should! Like I mentioned above, Pitti Uomo is a world renowned menswear fashion expo featuring tons of both established and up and coming menswear brands. Though I had heard of the expo a few times, I didn’t really know what to expect. It basically felt like Disneyland, but everyone was dressed in killer suits! The expo filled an entire park with booths and pop-up shops. Two of the brands I was able to visit were ZZenga and Corneliani!
The Corneliani presentation was displayed to feel as though you were walking in to a very dapper man’s home. There was a Ferrari, amazing suits, beautiful muted colors, and… did I mention a Ferrari? It was all very James Bond for the 21st century and I was all about it.
Last but not least I had the honor to attend the Undercover and The Soloist show which was probably one of the coolest experiences in my fashion journey. Both shows were filled with some of the most interesting, layered, colorful, textured looks I have seen. The Soloist show (featured below) was a bit more avante garde and artistic as the Undercover show was a bit more approachable. I have always gotten extreme amounts of inspiration from both of these brands so it was truly amazing being able to see the clothes walk the runway in person.