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Designers We Love: Italian Fashion Designers

Designers We Love: Italian Fashion Designers

Ti Amo Italia!

The international fashion scene is not complete without its Italian fashion designers. Exquisite craftsmanship, luxe materials, design innovations, high-profile celebrities and rock stars are all part and parcel of the Italian fashion houses.   

Shoppers at Union & Fifth will find plenty of Italian luxury label items to choose from. And yes, this is authentic! Here’s a sampling: 

Bottega Veneta’s distinctive leather weave pattern, called  intrecciato, can be seen on these exquisite brown loafers. 



SIZE: IT 36 (US 6)

BENEFITS: $128.25 supports Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals*

Brown Intrecciato leather pointed-toe loafers with tonal stitching and stacked heels.

(See our piece on keeping leather shoes in tip top shape.)

Dolce & Gabbana’s first clothing collection was labeled "Real Women" due to the fact that their lack of funds required them to use local women as their runway models. Pieces like this dress are sure to make you feel like a runway model. 





BENEFITS: $380.25 supports ART START*

Red Dolce & Gabbana wool blend tweed knee-length trapeze dress with a peter pan neckline and short sleeves. Features multiple decorative front button fastenings along the center and buttoned cuffs. Includes eyelash fringe trim throughout, inset pockets and lace hem lining. Concealed back zip with hook and eye closure. Fully lined. No size label, check measurements. Assumed size 8.

Fendi’s outstanding use of fur, and the label’s focus on shapes and contrasts will make any fashionista stand out in a crowd, especially with a design like this fur bolero. 



SIZE: IT 40 (US 4)

BENEFITS: $2555.25 supports Little Kids Rock*

Fendi three way fur and cashmere stole/bolero/wrap. Cashmere with assumed Fox fur, knitted hidden cuffs. Multi-tonal with white tips and a darker base downy fur. Inside is cable knitted cashmere sweater. May be worn as a collar/wrap as a bolero or as a shrug. See photos and measurements for more details. Estimated retail $9,000

The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence is a salute to his visionary shoe designs. His knack for innovation was passed on to his eldest daughter, the late Fiamma Ferragamo, who designed the Vara pump in 1978. This white pair is particularly molto bene! 




BENEFITS: $75.75 supports Place of Hope*

Ivory leather round-toe pumps with a silver-tone chunky heel.

Emilio Pucci’s geometric prints never get old and you, too, can wear a kaleidoscope of colors with this fun piece.  




BENEFITS: $198.2625 supports Union & Fifth Inc*

Purple, black, gray, multicolor Emilio Pucci oversize sheer kaftan with print throughout and keyhole with tie closure at center front.

Versace’s status as the rock-n-roll designer makes sense given the brand’s penchant for bright colors and flashy prints. Check out this fun red and black dress.  



SIZE: IT 50 (US 14)

BENEFITS: $447.75 supports Dana Farber Partners Cancer Care Inc*

New with tags. Black Versace Nero + Stampa sleeveless knee-length sheath dress with solid side panels that contour the hourglass silhouette with a lavish Baroque-inspired motif. A gold-tone front zipper-complete with Medusa-engraved zip pull-deepens the neckline. Concealed back zip with hook and eye closure. Fully lined.

Giuseppe Zanotti’s known for his hallmark style with a rock-n-roll vibe, using gold and jewels in his intricate designs. These gorgeous leather pants and animal print heels will give you that chic rocker look. 



SIZE: IT 39.5 (US 9.5)

BENEFITS: $75.75 supports Jewel Charity Ball Incorporated*

Tan and brown leopard print satin Giuseppe Zanotti slide sandals with pleated accents at vamps and chrome heel. Includes dust bag and original box.

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