26 Nov

See you soon

Dear readers and friends,

As you may have noticed, the blog has not been update since mid September because I’ve been having technical issues with my computer, which are not yet resolved.

I hope to be able to upload new posts in January, but in the meantime, you can still follow my updates via the Facebook page.

I would like to thank you for your support.

Stay tuned!


Federica – Italianist


Come avete potato notare il blog non e’ piu’ stato aggiornato da meta’ settembre a causa di problems tecnici che ho avuto con il mio computer e non ancora risolti.

Spero di poter essere di nuovo operativa da gennaio, nel frattempo potete seguire tutti gli aggiornamenti sulla pagina Facebook.

A prestissimo,

Federica – Italianist

19 Sep

Yliana Yepez


The Yliana Yepez accessories house reflects the eclectic, cosmopolitan sensibility of its CEO ad creative director, Yliana Yepez. Melding class workmanship with luxury design, her handbags and small leather goods are geared to a woman much like Yliana herself — a young, successful businesswoman, wife and mother with a feminine and modern style.

Born in Paris and raised in Venezuela, Yliana became infatuated with fashion at an early age. She traveled the work with her parents,developing a keen eye for distinctive colors, textures and silhouettes. She had no interest in pursuing a more “tradition” career path that her parents preferred  – her love was fashion and she was determined to find her way in the industry.


At 14, Yliana began a successful modeling career, appearing in TV commercials, runway shows and on magazine covers. She began making her own clothes an accessories and became aware of a need for accessible chic pieces. By the age of 23, she and a college friend launched BLUES by kyky that became one of the most popular accessory brands in Venezuela. Now, twenty years later, Yliana has embarked on a new path, building her own signature luxury accessories brand that is a reflection of her personality.

Yliana is involved with the Dimenna Children’s History Museum as well as other cultural and charitable organizations. She currently resides in New York with her husband and her children.



After more than fifteen years as the designer of Venezuela’s most desirable handbags, Yliana Yepez is launching her signature collection in the United States that will debut for Fall/Winter 2013 on January 31st in New York.

” I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create pieces that speak to a city which is, to me, the most exciting and stimulating fashion capital of the world.” says Yepez, the company’s CEO an creative director. ” I welcome the challenge to design beautiful pieces that bring something new to New York”. In addition, Yepez said, “it gives me great personal satisfaction to design  and manufacture handbags in the United States”. The collection reflect the designer’s eclectic, cosmopolitan sensibility.   The 2013 fall/winter collection encompasses three groups: Getaway, Daytime and Evening.


The Getaway bags, including totes, hobos and backpacks, are designed to go on the perfect journey, whether it is a ski holiday in Aspen or a weekend in Paris. The color palette is rich and sophisticated, combining shade of deep burgundy, caramel and black, including some dramatic tie-dye prints. The Getaway bags are made of the highest quality Italian calf leathers.


The Daytime handbags range from clean-lined, structured pieces, including on oversized clutch in olive pebbled leather to softer styles like a roomy satchel in gray embossed python. These bags are hand-stitched and feature such details as panted edges, and custom designed hardware.


The Evening bag group contains chic, fun statement pieces, like clutch and cross-body mini styles, in gorgeous combination of metallic and embossed snake-printed leather. The high-glam, red carpet-ready bags, in classic barrel and box shapes, come in exotic skins — crocodile , python, and karung — and elegant shades, like shimmering gold and black. Custom bead tassel and sone closures complete the look.


All of Yliana’s pieces include her distinctive signature of details of “Y”, whether it is in the design of the bag itself or in the hardware. The leather pieces range from $400 to $1600 retail, and the limited exotic pieces are priced separately.




 For more info visit ylianayepez.com

16 Sep

Paul Andrew


British-born, U-S-based footwear and accessory designer Paul Andrew announced his eponymous line of luxury women’s shoes for Spring 2013. The collection is now on course to forward him as a fresh, innovative and creative force within the footwear industry. Long familiar with the rigorous creativity involved in designing for the world’s most discerning and fashionable consumers, Andrew has cultivated his craft within iconic fashion houses such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, and Narciso Rodriguez. With his wealth of experience and peerless manufacturing resources, Paul Andrew envisions a style and sensibility for his namesake collection that is uniquely his own: an aesthetic that is always sexy without severity, use of the finest in materials and craftsmanship, ingenuity to maximize comfort and performance, and a singular, passionate approach to the modern shoe silhouette.


Though not even a a year since Paul Andrew launched his eponymous linea of footwear, the 34-year-old British-born , New York-based designer has become a formidable presence in the fashion world, earning the admiration of top editors, celebrities and opinion leaders while adding a new dimension of luxury to the shelves of retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, 10 Corso Como. Andrew melds a meticulous design approach with a trailblazing style sensibility – one that is modern and innovative yet hearkens back to classic principles of femininity and glamour. Unrepentant in his devotion to comfort – an anomaly in the fashion world – Andrew hand-renders prototype of every heel and last, creates comfort-augmenting structural innovations, such as his ingenious cushioned foot-bed insole, and works with the world’s foremost tanneries, mills and embroiderers to guarantee  the most impeccable workmanship.


Inspiration for Paul Andrew shoes comes from eclectic sources: modern art, film classic and, most important, from women in his life who embody grace and sophistication. Andrew considers it imperative that his shoes are  sensual and chic yet never cross into the realm of severe. In this way, his designs are a response to the heavy platform that has dominated the market in the recent years. He works irelesy to develop his on fabrications  and dye techniques, ensuring that his creations are entirely unique. Andrew’s design ethic has earned him praise from the fashion press and devotion from clients such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julienne Moore, Florence Welch and Winona Ryder.

PaulAndrew-Nya-PF2013Paul Andrew began his career an an honors graduate from England’s Berkshire college of Art & Deign in 1999, winning the “Draper’s Records Student Footwear  Designer of the Year”  award for his graduation shoe collection. He apprenticed at Alexander McQueen in London before moving to New York to launch Narciso Rodriguez’s shoe and accessory line. He spent years designing men’s and women’s shoes for Calvin Klein collection until the iconic designer ‘s retirement at which time he embarked upon what would be a decade -long career as the head of shoes and accessory design for Donna Karan Collection. These legendary designers trusted Andrew to create extraordinary work on their behalf – and season after season he exceed all expectations. Karan remains Andrew’s great friend and is an outspoken supporter of his work.

PaulAndrew-Sultan-PF2013” The Paul Andrew woman is instantly the life of the party when wearing any of his creations” raves WWD. ” He has already  leapt from fledging label to fashion insider favorite. his sexy, elegant and seriously glamorous heels are regularly spotted on the red carpet and the front row…” This attention is echoed in recent feature stories and product editorial in the American editors of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Travel+Leisure and W.

A Paul Andrew shoes is a reverential culmination of form and artistry, and the fashion world is in love with his singular vision. Andrew’s perspective is far more than “valid” – it is vital.









For more info visit paulandrewdesign.wordpress.com

6 Sep

Sveta Kletina

Sveta Kletina is women footwear designer and an artist.


After being graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Jerusalem) and CERCAL (Italy) she worked as a freelance footwear designer in Israel, Russia and Italy. But before 4 years she finally went back to her dream to create handmade shoes, AKA bespoke shoes, that are made to order specially to fit each customer needs.


Since 2009 Sveta Kletina creates her collections under her own label, inspired by form, volume and texture. Her collections are always have an avant garde look and always establish with strong concept and style. In the past two years her collections are created by hand, and very detail oriented.

The shoes are sculpted from vegetable tanned  leather, stylish, edgy but comfortably as this is her commitment to create beautiful, innovative and comfortable shoes.


She also have a blog Making Shoes where she shares  her shoemaking experience  in step by step free video tutorials, as well as in books and guides. She create her shoes in her shoemaking laboratory and you are welcome to visit.







For more info visit www.svetakletina.com

30 Aug


Evelyne Roth and Sabine Portenier got to know each other during their studies at the Institute for Fashion Design in Basel. Before founding their common label PortenierRoth, they demonstrated their professional expertise on various occasions in mostly international projects. What characterizes their current work are milestones such as HUGO in Germany and Italy, Didier/Angelo in Paris, their participation at the Barclay Catwalk in Amsterdam and Zurich as well as their collaboration with “Beautyflow Paris”, a magazine about beauty, design, art and fashion. In 2001, Sabine Portenier received the Swiss Federal Design Prize and in 2008 the studio scholarship from the city of Thun for a six-month stay in Berlin. Since 2005, Evelyne Roth has been teaching fashion and collection design at the Academy of Art and Design (Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung FHNW) in Basel.

The experience gained over the years has provided a strong basis for their current collections. Just as deeply rooted as the experience they have acquired, is their enthusiasm for combining fashion and contemporary art. This union has been a central aspect of their presentations from the beginning until now. Their interdisciplinary projects have been awarded several prizes: In 2012, PortenierRoth received the Swiss Federal Design Prize for their “Croisière 12” collection, in 2011, the Promotion Award of the Bernese Design Foundation (Berner Design Stiftung) as well as the “Golden Hare” Award (Goldener Hase) from the Swiss Architecture and Design Magazine “Hochparterre” for the “Croisière 11” collec- tion. Their recognition has been gained because Sabine Portenier and Evelyne Roth think beyond their collections and are continuously looking for new creative impulses.




Every year, the two designers develop a new collection concept under their label PortenierRoth. Based on the collection concept, they derive two self-contained, but in their essence largely identical collections, each with a different focus: “Croisière” describes the yearly concept, while “focus summer” and “focus winter” describe the seasons. The two-part collection concept enables the designers to act economically and to allocate their resources for the development and production of their business in an optimal way. At the same time, they always manage to make a fashion statement, since both designers follow the dictated fashion cycle, while creating an independent, unique product.



Every collection starts with a drafting phase on a three-dimensional body. The emphasis lies in the construction of a three-dimensional draft referring to the woman and her figure. With each new dress, the designers examine how the materials’ movements best caress the female body. This may be one of the reasons why the creations from PortenierRoth convince their protagonists and let them shine in a modern and timeless light. This nonchalance is accentuated by letting the models walk the catwalk in oversized men’s shoes. It’s only by doing this, do the models get that laissez-faire walk the two designers have in mind when imagining their clothes. This is why not only their clothes, but also the presented shoes are an encouragement for a stronger (fashion) consciousness.



The collections created in their own “High Fashion Production” are rooted in regional handcraft, but international in their orientation and implementation. The strong connection with the product leads to its distinct origin and authenticity. The product grows and takes shape at the same place where its idea was born.Visions regarding form, functionality and quality can be followed through without making compromises and can continuously be reconsidered. Having their own place of production enables the designers to be ahead of their time and set a great example for others.



The new collection “Croisière 14” is based on the collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Project and their textiles from Burkina Faso. The hand-made textiles are combined with contrasting materials such as high quality silk chiffon, satin, leather and knitted material. When establishing a draft, the designer duo starts at the waist and works from this point upwards and downwards. Despite using the same pattern constructions, the firm and softly flowing materials lead to different silhouettes in the shape of a tulip or an hourglass, resembling a rollercoaster wrapped around one’s body. The challenge when working with African textiles is managing to avoid the ethnic style. The collection should appear pleasing and light. This is achieved by keeping the volume of the patterns on the one hand slim-fitting and on the other airy. PortenierRoth uses bold coloured fabrics (coloured by hand at their own production facility) and placed prints, which are combined with Lurex enhanced textiles from Burkina Faso. The designers play with matt and shining finishes, coarse and smooth surface structures. The collection looks like a remake of “Dirty Dancing” directed by David Lynch, starring Audrey Hepburn.



For more info visit www.laboutiquevolante.com

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