All the fashion capitals of the world have a style of their own - the seemingly effortless chic of Parisians, the impeccable cool exhibited by New Yorkers and the quirky street fashions of ever-swinging London.
Italian Portraits By Donatella Sartorio Photos by Lorenzo Bringheli Published by Skira, 147 pages ISBN 978-8857215990
But Milan... Milan, alas, is different - since it is overshadowed by a much larger sensibility than its own. Milanese style is pervaded by the consummate sensuality of all Italians - the warmest, most laid-back and yet most accessible of all styles. It's neither chic nor stylish. It's just right there in your face - casual and yet neat, masculine but dressy, earthy and yet, unmistakably handsome.
Always paying tribute to the Italian lifestyle that drives its creative approach, Italian leather-goods house Tod's in its latest release, Italian Portraits, chronicles the life and style of gli italiani - young and old alike, whether elegant or casual, in their country homes or strolling through a museum, playing in the fields or relaxing next to crumbling walls in some time-weathered ruins. These people epitomise the vibe and dynamic of Tod's country of origin. For Tod's products come, not from the ever-changing fashion world but from lives of real people living in the reality of this ancient land.
This volume is a follow-up to Tod's Italian Touch. While that 2009 outing revolved more around the lifestyle, Italian Portraits is a snapshot of the personal style exuded by individuals from several walks of life: writer, jeweller, painter, philanthropist, journalist, aristocrat. Different as they are, these people share a passion for elegance and a desire to wear only items of the highest quality - whether it's a pair of jeans, a knitted jumper or pinstripe blazer, leather driving gloves, a mohair jacket, denim shirt or their choice of footwear.
About the author
- Writer: Samila Wenin
Position: Muse Editor