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8:07 am

Giardino Givenchy

20/07/2011, Fashion and Style, Florence, Givenchy, Luisa Via Roma, Sergio Rossi

Ania and I went to the Giardino dell’Orticoltura in Florence. For our first look, I made her wear this gorgeous, super soft velvet jacket from Antonio Berardi and a dress from Givenchy. It’s funny how during the course of our photo-taking session, I saw a gardener (in full overall regalia) walk by. Apparently he just finished lunch. My knowledge of Italian is almost slim to none so Ania asked if we can take a photo and he gladly obliged. You’ll see it after the jump. It’s hysterical!

Givenchy dress at Giardino dell'Orticoltura, Firenze

Velvet jacket by Antonio Berardi, dress by Givenchy, shoes by Sergio Rossi, cocktail ring by Iosselliani.

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7:59 pm

The Dinner at La Specola, Firenze

25/06/2011, Current Affairs, Events, Fashion and Style, Fashion Bloggers, Florence, Luisa Via Roma

My favourite online store Luisa Via Roma ( recently hosted a sit-down dinner for the third edition of the blogger-oriented Firenze4Ever event. The dinner (for 100) was held at the eye-popping La Specola (aka Museum of Zoology and Natural History) in Florence. My seatmate was my friend Wendy Lam of Facehunter Yvan Rodic, Eva and Daniele Cavalli, who I’ve finally met at last, were also in attendance. We were served scrumptious Tuscan cooking and yes, opera singers serenaded us throughout our meal.

Bryanboy at La Specola, Florence

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9:48 am

Der Hölle Rache

11/06/2011, Florence, Music

Before serving dessert at last night’s beautiful dinner, the opera singer sang us Der Hölle Rache from the Magic Flute by Mozart. Incredible.

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7:42 am

Florence From The Rooftop

11/06/2011, Florence

I cannot help but marvel at this breathtaking view of Florence from the rooftop of my friend Ania’s gorgeous home in front of the American consulate.

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4:58 pm

Dries Me Up

10/06/2011, Current Affairs, Dries van Noten, Ferragamo, Florence

I finally took my newish Dries van Noten trousers out for a spin today. Wore it with my Ferragamo navy blue top and Ferragamo shoes.

Bryanboy in Florence wearing Ferragamo and Dries van Noten

4:12 am

Table For One At Gilli

09/06/2011, Florence, Food and Drink

Because of the lifestyle and nature of my work, I am constantly surrounded by people. I talk to dozens, if not hundreds each day, online, real life and on the phone. Over the years, I’ve been extremely lucky to have met a ton of incredible and inspiring individuals from all walks of life around the world, some of them I personally admire. It’s one of the very many things that I truly love about my job.

Caffe Gilli, Florence

As much as I love interacting with people, there are times when I want to be disconnected from everyone to recharge myself. From time to time, it’s nice not to be with the company of others, whether physically or virtually. No friends, no acquaintances around, no laptop, no ipad, and no phones. I call it “alone time”. That’s exactly what I had yesterday. A meaty dinner (carpaccio to start and bun-less burger for main) at Gilli, two glasses of red, a few cigarettes and a stroll around Piazza della Repubblica at sunset. Life is not good. Life is very good.

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11:34 am

Come Again Another Day

08/06/2011, Florence

I’m confined here in my room. The paralyzing weather doesn’t want to cooperate with me. It’s sunny for five minutes, raining for five, sunny again for five minutes then rainy again. Oh Florence….

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9:07 am

Florence Forever

08/06/2011, Florence

I’m finally back on the trail after spending a few days catching up with my family who I miss so much. I landed in Florence yesterday evening. I was here the same time last year and the weather is so much better this time around. It’s sunny with patches of cloud here and there. I hope the cool breeze doesn’t go away in the next few days because I’m not really a fan of hot and humid European summers.

Firenze Duomo
Firenze river view

8:13 am

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear Show Finale

18/06/2010, Fashion and Style, Florence, Jil Sander, Pitti Uomo, Spring Summer 2011

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Menswear Show Finale

Here’s are two quick videos I took of Raf Simons’ spring/summer 2011 collection for Jil Sander. I apologize for the poor quality due to the lighting. The show was held outdoors in this breathtaking villa on the outskirts of Florence. I guess they were aiming for a sunset show but the weather didn’t cooperate with us.

… and here’s the final walkthrough.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of meeting Raf before the show started. He’s tall and he’s lovely. It was somewhat eerie to shake his hand. It’s like touching Jesus.

More pics and text to follow. It’s late and I have to pack… I’m going to Milan tomorrow!

I think I don’t have that many shows on my checklist this time around. As you know, I’ve been traveling so much the past few months and I haven’t had the chance to sort out my requests. So far I’ve got a few blue-chip shows confirmed: Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Calvin Klein and then I also have D&G, Cavalli, Etro, Ferragamo and I think two or three more. I’m gonna make a conscious effort to go to presentations and showrooms of smaller labels.

8:11 am

Haider Ackermann Spring 2011 at Pitti W_Woman Florence

16/06/2010, Fashion and Style, Florence, Haider Ackermann, Pitti Uomo, Spring Summer 2011

Haider Ackermann Spring 2011 at Pitti W_Woman Florence

The Fondazione Pitti Discovery will present Haider Ackermann's spring 2011 show later tonight at Palazzo Corsini.

Haider Ackermann show invitation spring summer 2011

I'm a big fan of Haider Ackermann (though I could never seem to afford his pieces) and I'm looking forward to seeing his show.