Pitti Vintage Selection
With the history of fashion both exhibited and being built upon by the designers of tomorrow, this is an inspirational week at the Fortezza for members of the industry and the general public to experience.
It’s time to get ready to shop, because the 33rd edition of the Vintage Selection is making its grand return to the city of Florence. Opening for the first time for a winter edition in Fortezza da Basso in the beautiful Cavaniglia Pavilion, Vintage Selection brings in shoppers, stylists, and fashionistas alike to check out what will be displayed and sold at this festival. On display will be a variety of costume jewelry including clip-on earrings, a colorful array of coats and jackets, plus a selection of little black dresses adorned with sequins and brocaded patterns at a plethora of stands, interspersed with other potential finds.
This edition blends the fashion of the past and future, with the fair showcasing clothes, accessories, and shoes for inspired visitors to enjoy. Acting as a museum of past trends and reference for designers, the styles available for purchase and viewing will span decades, with items as far back as the 40’s all the way to the 90’s.
Featuring leather jackets, purses, knitwear, dresses, rows of sunglasses, belts of different skins and colors, this exhibition acts as an upscale thrift store treasure hunt for those who venture to look for that perfect vintage piece.
Like Brunello di Montalcino wine, vintage pieces become richer and rarer with time. With names such as Pucci, Armani, and Versace gracing Vintage Selection, old and used clothing—both brand name and no-name—is becoming the new standard for quality and sophistication. To find an Hermés trench or a worn-suede Gucci bag amidst a historic city brimming with exquisite art and architecture is a special experience.
Many of the vintage items featured at the showcase are by famous labels such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, designed to attract visitors who won’t want to miss a chance to own vintage couture.
Items will come from a variety of vendors from across Italy and international locations, including A.N.G.E.L.O., Dogana Vintage, Jewels of Fantasy NYC, PX Military Vintage, Street Doing Vintage Couture Firenze, and numerous stylish stores. Local shop Giratempo Vintage is haven for retro-lovers who wish to turn heads and wear a work of art. The store has featured merchandise including trendy Beverly Hills Blues bomber jackets, Versace evening dresses and an impressive choice of Moschino, Fendi, and Trussardi ties.
As a bonus, there is also a section called Remake, which will sell garments that have been transformed and restored using innovative techniques. While the show focuses on the history of fashion, the Vintage Selection works in conjunction with the Pitti Filati, the exclusive fashion show of the future, found in an adjoining area of the Fortezza da Basso.
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