Our Favorite Clothing, Accessories and Beauty Products from Italy
Perhaps the best-known Italian style-maker, the Gucci logo graces fine leather handbags, shoes and even automobile interiors. We love this new twist on an old favorite: a classic Gucci design -- in rose leather.
While designer Georgio Armani makes women's clothes, he's best known for men's fashion, thanks to the film "American Gigolo," when a young Richard Gere made himself and the Italian designer household names.
What could 500,000,000 people have in common? They're all wearing Luxoticca eyewear, according to the Milan-based company's CEO. That makes Luxottica the largest eyewear manufacturer in the world. We'll take Persol sunglasses, in classic tortoise.
When a designer becomes as famous as his designs, that's true success in the fashion world. And that blend of style and personality belongs to the late Gianni Versace, who combined couture designs with sensual animal prints. One of our favorites is this 2012 variation on a Versace classic.
Almost half of Bulgari revenue comes from jewelry, but when we think of Bulgari we recall the back page of a fashion magazine that featured the classic BVLGARI chrono watch.
Dolce & Gabbana
Since the early 1990's, this Italian design team has mixed sexiness and straight-edged style -- embodied in this classic D & G dress that manages to be prim and daring all at once.
Once limited to women with lots of money to spend, the Borghese line of Italian skin care products is now available to all of us, and we're beautifully grateful for that.
Early in his career, Valentino became famous for his red dresses and the bright shade that was known throughout the fashion industry as Valentino red, but some of his best designs and greatest triumphs were in black and white. Jackie Kennedy was a devoted customer. Valentino dressed Jackie in black for her year of mourning after the death of her first husband, and in white when she married her second.
It's hard to say whether Benetton is better known for controversial advertising campaigns or the colorful sweaters that put the company on the fashion map, but we vote for the sweaters.
Damiani - pearls
The Damiani family has been designing and producing fine Italian jewelry for three generations. Among our favorites is this classic pearl necklace, perfect for both day and evening wear.