Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy.
It is one of the most aristocratic cities I know, but at the same time it is a little bit of a rebel. Like me.
It is the cradle of the Renaissance but also of the punk and alternative Italian scene, of the Italian language and of the Lordships, of art and of thought, of Botticelli and Machiavelli. It is of a disarming, sophisticated, poignant, nostalgic, glorious beauty.
Florentia, in Latin flourishing florid, fertile, illustrious, splendid, a city that inspires beauty and art, and which has no chance has given birth or hosted genes such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli among others.
For this look I chose a total black outfit, enlivened by an orange sartorial coat made in Casentino. I wanted something that fully represented the spirit of Florence, and the Casentino is just a typical cloth of these places, cleverly brushed and felted to make it waterproof. This unique fabric is obtained with a very special workmanship and (unfortunately) in disuse, but ensures a great resistance of the garment to both wear and weather: it is in fact one of the hottest things I've ever worn, and despite the 6 degrees of Florence, I have not in the least felt the cold with this coat on.
The fabric is beautiful to the touch and sight, reminded me of the ostrich skin in fluffy version. The casentino was produced in only two colors, green and orange, and this iconic color is due to Rocca's alum together with the chemical dyes used here. Usually you wear it with fox collar, which I preferred not to put on to avoid a matronly style.
The emerald green silk lining is a touch of class, that peek-a-boo color that I think raises this garment to a truly unique level of taste, class and craftsmanship.
As accessories, I chose two great classics: the ivory-colored Louis Vuitton Papillon bag - to detach from the rest of the outfit and give a touch of brightness to the whole - and the Marta glasses by Céline, the best-selling model of the French brand that is practically always sold out everywhere: the reason is that this frame is practically good to anyone, and in this tartar finish becomes a must that is good for all seasons and all ages.
Vintage shoes and earrings complete the look for this Florentine morning in late November among the most beautiful streets of the city.