Fashion in Italy is serious business—so it's no surprise that lots of travelers often ask us how to dress like an Italian while they're here! While you certainly don't have to dress like a local when you're visiting, and while you should definitely wear what you're comfortable in, immersing yourself in the culture can be part of the fun. And that m...

It's a hop, skip and a jump from the Geary Street side of Union Square to 236 Post St., where the Salvatore Ferragamo store just reopened in larger, two-story digs.   A fixture in San Francisco since 2000, the purveyor of luxury Italian goods is now cheek-to-jowl with Burberry, Cartier, Graff and Giorgio Armani, a growing designer alley. &n...

Micol Fontana, the last of the three sisters who founded the high fashion brand Sorelle Fontana, died on Friday. She was born in 1913. The three sisters' garments were worn by numerous Hollywood stars, including Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, and Ava Gardner, as well as members of the jet set such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.   "...

by Chiara Beghelli   Luisa Spagnoli, in the Parisian clinic where she died when she was only 57 (in 1935), could hardly have imagined that 81 years later her story would be narrated in a two-episodes TV series dedicated to her entrepreneurial experience first in the chocolate sector and then in fashion.   In 1907, she founded in Perug...

by Amy Carlson Gustafson   The Twin Cities loves its fashion. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is extending the hours for the final two weekends of "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945." The exhibit, which features a variety of pieces from major fashion houses including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Missoni and Dolce...

Claudia Volpi throws down a friendly ultimatum: "I challenge you to find an Italian who doesn't own a pair of Superga shoes." And she's hoping the sporty "People's Shoes of Italy" will soon become common footfare for Fillmore residents as well, now that the doors to her new boutique are open at 2326 Fillmore Street.   The shoes — slip-o...

by Pia Capelli   Building a map of the contemporary Italian fashion scene is not an easy task. La Triennale in Milan is endeavoring to do so with an exhibition titled "The New Vocabulary of Italian Fashion." The show's time frame starts with 1998, the year of the beginning of the Digital Era (with the birth of Google and the launch of t...

They have clothed the world's wealthy fashionistas and bejeweled Hollywood stars. Now, Italy's kings of fashion are poised to give this nation's crumbling monuments a makeover to restore them to their former glory, something the cash-strapped Italian government cannot do.   But as Italy courts private cash to rescue some of the globe's best-...

by Ashley Brozic & Alejandra Torres Mention to your man that he has to wear a blazer in August, and expect a grunt of despair. Now mention to him that you know of a blazer that's light enough to inhibit sweat and masculine enough to elicit the respect of everyone in the room, and you might just get him to perk up a bit.   Enter Casa de...

by Claudia Astarita   Claudio Cutuli has definitely created alternative scarves. He uses fabrics such as cashmere, silk, bamboo and beech pulp, but the innovative element of his accessories concerns their colour. In fact, it is drawn out pomegranate, walnuts hull, nettle and karkadé.   The success of this initiative was confirmed by t...