WTI Magazine #13    2014 Jan, 17Author : Irene Salvadorini for PoisonDrops.com      Translation by: Alessandra Bitetti   Pitti W: Where ideas are born"Where women's fashion ideas are born". This is the slogan for Pitti Immagine W, the young Florentine salon that was born to give voice to emerging talent that, left the old location in Via Valfo...

In honor of the Italian National Day today, the Italian Trade Commission hosted Le Eccellenze Italiane Exhibition, which celebrated Italian fashion, design, innovation and food. The event featured an array of exhibits. Italian fashion was represented with an Alta Moda Ladies presentation by Raffaella Curiel, Italian neckwear by Cenci, lifestyle a...

The question of which engine type is best for powering the cars of the masses may never have a single, unchanging answer.   When the V8 prevailed on American roads, it was an appropriate choice for large vehicles in an era of cheap fuel. Times have changed; the workhorse auto engines of our era are those that fit in the narrow engine compart...

Matilda DeFlaviis Fumo could often be seen in the Independence Hall neighborhood, turned out as a well-dressed 18th century lady. In springtime and autumn, from the mid-1980s into 2009, Mrs. Fumo was a costumed guide for Centipede Tours. A very patient guide.   The last tour that Mrs. Fumo worked alongside Centipede guide Sally A. Downe...

Bulgari is betting on the U.S. market, innovation, and a reinvestment in of one of its most popular designs to bolster its bottom line. Jean-Christophe Babin, chief executive officer of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned jeweler, told WWD while in New York to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the house's Bulgari watch style that, "when...

Fiat Chrysler plans to introduce a new lineup of rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo sedans and SUVs that will take the fight to BMW, Mercedes and Audi, and they will do so with Ferrari powerplants. These models are slated to arrive starting in 2016, and the high-end versions of these cars will use powerplants designed by Ferrari.   Since 2004, Alfa...

Bottega Venetahas left Fifth Avenue for the more exclusive environs of Madison Avenue. The Vicenza, Italy-based retailer last week closed its flagship at 699 Fifth Avenue in anticipation of the 2017 opening of a 14,908-square-foot maison at 740 Madison Avenue and 64th Street. It will be a homecoming; the company operated a flagship there from...

  WTI Magazine #17    2014 Feb, 14Author : Nadiah Ahmad Shukri for PoisonDrops.com      Translation by:   Raffaella FrascaAfter her stellar baptism dressing Milly Carlucci on Ballando con le Stelle, Raffaella Frasca makes her debut on the Altaroma runway with her couture 2014 collection. Her esthetic is especiallyfeminine and extravagant, findin...

My father, Charlie (Marcellino) Del Vecchio was born January 9, 1911 in Rome, New York. Both of his parents had emigrated from southern Italy (Campania) at the turn-of-the-century, so he was a first generation born Italian American.   Upon graduating from the Rome Free Academy, he worked for a short period for a photographic studio in Watert...

Italian studio Pininfarina designed the twentieth century's greatest Ferraris and through their work with the Prancing Horse -- plus the likes of Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo -- helped define the emotive Italian style of the mid-century sportscar.   On the company's 85th birthday, Paulo Pininfarina, the fourth patriarch of the family to head...