Tavi and Iris, a conversation on chic at the Met

Wednesday, 27 June 2012



The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts sit-down conversations with top fashion society for celebration of the Costume Institute’s exhibit. I was fortunate enough to attend this event as press member. On Sunday June 17, while still in the city, the New Yorker writer Judith Thurman, who wrote the article "Radical Chic: Schiaparelli, Prada, and clothes on the cutting edge”, as well as wrote the introduction to the book which accompanies the exhibit; have been moderated the discussion between Iris Apfel & Tavi Gevinson called “Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic”.


iris Apfel

Tavi Gervison

The place was pretty crowded with a very mixed of all ages, which shows the depth these 2 style icons display, at ages 90 and 16 respectively.

For those who need a little history of these two, in a brief summary:
Tavi Gevinson: American fashion blogger who rose to "fame" at age 13 with the blog "The Style Rookie" being invited to New York Fashion Week as a special guest. At age 15 she founded "Rookie Magazine".
Iris Apfel: born August 29, 1921. Ran a textile firm with her husband, Carl, Old World Weavers from 1948 to 1992. Interior designer and fashion icon.

Discussions went on different fashion and social subjects such as feminism and beauty, the “mutant fashion”, to turning into Prada & Schiaparelli themselves (see below for some pics of the exhib).

It was pretty amazing see how fashion and (sense of) style has changed in these years. These two icons have very different views on this matter.

But what I got from this amazing conversation is that you have to be your own person. You cannot worry about what others think, you have to be original, you have to be yourself. You cannot be afraid of doing what you feel will make you happy.

In these, both ladies do agree and feel prety confident about their own.



I would like to thank Tavi, Iris and the Met for this confidence building event. Together with the FFFweek, my self esteem did get a real bust. They are hoping to have the talk on video on the Met website, so be on the lookout when you are visiting the site.






Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style
Special guest of this talk was Ari Seth Cohen from Advanced Style, here with ‘his’ ladies: Debra Rapoport and Tziporah Salamon


A few pics of the exhibition: Schiapparelli and Prada, Impossible Conversations
(as an Italian, I couldn't miss this fashion exhib, right?)

Schiapparelli and Prada














Il Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York ospita degli incontri sul tema della moda per la celebrazione della mostra ospitata all’Instituto del Costume. Con grande gioia sono stata invitata a questo evento come addetto stampa. Domenica 17 giugno, mentre era ancora in città, la scrittrice Judith Thurman (New Yorker), autrice dell'articolo "Radical Chic: Schiaparelli, Prada, and clothes on the cutting edge”, e dell'introduzione al libro che accompagna la mostra, ha moderato la discussione tra Iris Apfel & Tavi Gevinson chiamato "Good Taste / Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic".
L’auditorium era abbastanza affollato di un bel mix di età e stili, il che dimostra la popolarità di queste 2 icone di stile di età 90 e 16 anni rispettivamente.

Per chi non le conoscesse, ecco due righe su di loro:
Tavi Gevinson: fashion blogger americana, salita alla "fama" all'età di 13 anni con il blog "The Style Rookie" per essere stata invitata alla New York Fashion Week come ospite d’onore. All'età di 15 anni ha fondato la rivista "Rookie".
Iris Apfel: nata il 29 agosto 1921. Ha gestito una ditta tessile con il marito Carl, “Tessitori del Vecchio Mondo” dal 1948 al 1992. Interior designer, icona della moda e dello stile.


Le discussioni si sono susseguite su diversi temi come il femminismo e la bellezza, la "moda mutante" per poi evolvere su Prada e Schiaparelli (alcune foto della mostra qui di seguito).


E 'stato sorprendente vedere come il senso dello stile sia cambiato in questi anni. Queste due icone hanno opinioni molto diverse su in materia di moda.
Ma quello che più si é radicato in me dopo questo incontro è la propria unicità. Non puoi preoccuparti di cosa pensano gli altri, devi essere originale, devi essere te staessa. Non si può aver paura di fare quello che senti ti renderà felice.
In questo, le due donne sono d'accordo e sono a loro agio con la propria unicità.

Vorrei ringraziare Tavi, Iris e il Met per questo evento e sferzata di fiducia. Insieme alla FFFweek, la mia autostima si é rafforzata ancor di più.

Presto sarà disponibile il video sul sito del Met website, tenetelo d’occhio.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art


FFFweek: Curves, Connections & Cocktails

Monday, 25 June 2012

Here we are again, at a night club for more connections and fun with all my fabulous pals.

Fluvia la Cerda
with Plus size model Fluvia la Cerda, she is even more beautiful in person!




Alissa
with Alissa from Stylish Curves





Olivia loves my shirt and she is not the only one!!





with Kiah From the Rez to the City (she is soooo cute!)













Tanya from Miss Cherry Lipz and Rikke from Sticky sweet Danish





Olivia and fiancé





this was THE shirt of the event (click here to buy it). Everyone got crazy about it - not suprised - it was SO right for the FFFweek.













Reah Norman, fashion stylist, plus fashion expert and the Executive Fashion Director for PLUS Model Magazine





with Swiss blogger Melissa





the crazy owner of the Manfattan blog














the uncontrollable Olivia with some bloggers (second from right is Jessica)







these are two small video of the night





FFFweek: Curves In The City - The Official Shopping Event

Sunday, 24 June 2012

let's go (curvy) shopping!!




Kiauna from Diva Status Cosmetics - we danced together the previous night and she has the moves!!!














Bridal inspiration for Plus Size Brides: Pretty Pear bride







April (right) founder of Real Divas are large jewellery where I've bought this gorgeous necklace

FFFweek: "Curves At Sea" All White Sunset Cruise

Friday, 22 June 2012

May I start to talk about my week in New York with an amazing event I’ve attend?
As previously mentioned, I have took part of the FFFweek which consist in a series of events such as runway shows, roundtables, cocktail parties, meetings with the industries experts, from the plus size community.

My first and rather cool event was the ‘All white cruise’: could you believe all these beautiful women (and some gorgeous men) wearing white, cruising at sunset over the Hudson and East river? Cannot tell you the excitement to have the first glance of New York from the water. Most of all, meeting these STUNNING partners in crimes, women, many of whichbloggers I have been following for ages!

Here is a selection of pics. And by the way, the music who run all night long was amazing! A mix of rap, R&B, dance which I adored!!! (something you won’t hear in my country...)
























Lady in the middle is Gwen Devoe, event organised and founder







Posso cominciare a raccontarvi della mia settimana a New York con un evento che si é tenuto al mio arrivo?
Vi avevo accennato che avrei partecipato alla FFFweek, la settimana della moda taglie floride, ricca di eventi come sfilate, tavole rotonde, aperitivi, e meeting con esperti del settore.

Il primo (e piuttosto figo!) evento é stata una crociera in bianco: immaginate tante bellissime donne (e alcuni uomini davvero affascinanti), vestiti di bianco, in una crociera dal fiume Hudson all’East? Non vi so descrivere la gioia e l’eccitazione di assaporare la prima vista su New York dall’acqua. Ancor di più, incontrare queste meravigliose donne, molte di cui blogger che seguo da tanto tempo!

Questa é una selezione di immagini della serata. E fatemi aggiungere che la musica della serata era fantastica! Un mix di rap, R&B, dance che adoro (e che purtroppo qui in Italia non ascoltiamo).




Olivia from Wait until the sunset; she got engaged during the cruise!!!













what I was wearing:

blazer: Mango
little white dress: Dorothy Perkins
bag: Coccinelle
necklace: Forever 21
killer heels: La Redoute