After styling a dynamic duo of models for FIRENZE4EVER with Luisa via Roma, it was on to the next shoot. For the first time ever, I was both stylist and model. Conceptualizing the looks and getting in front of the camera posed a new (and cold) challenge. As much fun as I had dancing around a rooftop, overlooking the breathtaking city of Florence, I almost froze my ass off. But trust, it was well worth it!
Sticking to the ethno-morphic theme, anything tribal or borrowed from the super-exotic was fair game. No problem there: all things earthy yet graphic, highly textured and brightly colored, and most importantly, fierce warrior girl-inspired, are huge for Spring 2014. This is a strong, energetic trend I can get behind.
Going bold, I chose a DSQUARED2 embellished leather dress ($3,570) (that fit like a glove) and mixed it with Analeena’s double-sided, two-tone Gemini ostrich bag ($5,641) and a white, crocodile-embossed Roberto Cavalli jacket ($2,815). A dress this wild speaks for itself: I kept the accessories to a minimum and left everything else clean so as not to compete with the be-feathered centerpiece.
For my second look, I was obsessed with this Anita Quansah London tribal collar, so exaggerated, dramatic, and regal. I couldn’t find a strapless black top to go with it, so I improvised. I took a men’s t-shirt by Rick Owens, flipped it upside-down, pulled it on like a pair of pants (with my legs in the sleeves!), and knotted it up in the back. A white cotton-poplin Antonio Marrais skirt ($709) offered a refreshing contrast, and Valentino’s electric-blue clutch ($1,495) pulled it all together.
Don’t expect to see anything like this again anytime soon; it was exhausting! Part 3 will be up tomorrow! In the meantime, what do you think?
All photos by Francesco Ormando